• 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 TOPS University 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 2018 and Thereafter



    ENGLISH = 4 Units



    English I


    English II

    1 unit from the following:

    English III, AP English Language Arts & Composition or IB English III (Language A or Literature & Performance)

    1 unit from the following:

    English IV, AP English Literature & Composition or IB English IV (Language A or Literature & Performance)

    MATH = 4 Units



    Algebra I 


    Algebra II 




    (Integrated Mathematics I, Integrated Mathematics II and Integrated Mathematics III may be substituted for the Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II sequence)

    1 unit from the following:

    Algebra III; Advanced Math - Functions & Statistics, Advanced Math - Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus or IB Math Methods I; Calculus, AP Calculus AB or IB Math Methods II; AP Calculus BC; Probability & Statistics or AP Statistics; IB Further Mathematics HL; IB Mathematics HL; AP Computer Science A

    SCIENCE = 4 Units



    Biology I 


    Chemistry I 

    2 units from the following:

    Earth Science; Environmental Science; Physical Science; Agriscience I & II (both for one unit); Biology II, AP Biology or IB Biology II; Chemistry II, AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry II; AP Environmental Science or IB Environmental Systems; Physics I, AP Physics B, or IB Physics I; AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics or IB Physics II; AP Physics I & AP Physics II;

     SOCIAL STUDIES = 4 Units



    U.S. History, AP U.S. History or IB U.S. History


    Civics,Government, AP U.S. Government & Politics: Comparative or AP U.S. Government & Politics: United States


    World History, AP World History or IB World History; Western Civilization, World Geography, AP Human Geography or IB Geography; European History or AP European History; History of Religion; IB Economics, Economics, AP Macroeconomics or AP Microeconomics


    Foreign Language (both units in the same language)

    ART = 1 Unit


    1 Unit from the following:

    Performance course in Music, Dance or Theatre; Fine Arts Survey; Art I, II, III & IV; Media Arts I, II III & IV; Digital Photography



    TOTAL: 19 Units