• The Taylor opportunity program for students (tops)

    The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents who attend either one of the Louisiana Public Colleges and Universities, schools that are a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana approved Proprietary and Cosmetology Schools or institutions that are a part of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

    How Do I Apply?

    To apply for a TOPS scholarship, you must submit one of the following:

    1.     You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), unless you can demonstrate that you do not qualify for federal grant aid (Pell Grant). We recommend that all students submit the FAFSA. The most direct way to file the FAFSA is via the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The paper FAFSA may also be used. 

    2.     If you can demonstrate that you do not qualify for federal grant aid, you may submit the TOPS On-Line Application on the LOSFA website (https://www.osfa.la.gov/AwardSystem/). The On-Line Application requires you to certify that you do not qualify for federal grant aid and to certify your citizenship, residency and criminal conviction status.

                     3. Use ACT Registration Code 1595 to send your scores to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid (LOSFA) for TOPS purposes. 
     

    What are the Basics Requirements for the Scholarship?

    ·         You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

    ·         You must be a CORE 4 Curriculum graduate (see here for 2011-2013 graduates or here for 2014 and beyond graduates), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

    ·         An ACT score of 20

    Please visit the
    TOPS Questions and Answers page for more details.
    The four different award components of the TOPS Program are: TOPS Opportunity Award, TOPS Performance Award, TOPS Honors Award, and TOPS Tech Award. For more information, please visit the LOSFA website for more specifics.

     

     TOPS Core Curriculum

    For the Opportunity, Performance and Honors Awards

    for High School Graduates of 2014 and Thereafter

    Units

    Courses

    4

    English I, II, III & IV

    1

    Algebra I or Integrated Math I or Applied Algebra I or Algebra – I – Parts 1& 2 (2 units) or Applied Math I & II (2 units)

    1

    Algebra II or Integrated Math II

    2

    Geometry or Calculus or Applied Geometry or Integrated Math III or Applied Math III or Advanced Math-Pre-Calculus or Advanced Math-Functions & Statistics or Pre-Calculus or Probability & Statistics or Discrete Math, or Algebra III

    1

    Biology I or II

    1

    Chemistry I or II or Chemistry Com or Chemistry II

    2

    Earth Science or Environmental Science or Integrated Science or Physical Science or Biology II or Chemistry II or Anatomy & Physiology or Physics or Physics II or Physics for Technology I or II or both Agriscience I & II (both for one unit)

     

    1

    U.S. History (formerly American History)

    1

    Civics & Free Enterprise (1 unit combined), Civics (1 unit) or AP American Government (1 unit)

    2

    World History, Western Civilization, World Geography & European History or History of Religion

    2

    Foreign Language (both units in the same language)

    1

    Fine Arts Survey (or substitute 1 unit performance courses in music, dance or theater or 1 unit of studio art or 1 unit of visual art or Speech III & IV (both 1 unit)

     

    TOTAL: 19 Units