TOPS Tech Early Start Program

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The TOPS Tech Early Start award provides up to $600 per academic year for any eligible 11th or 12th grade student attending a Louisiana PUBLIC high school who wishes to concurrently enroll for up to six credit hours per semester in order to pursue certification in an Eligible Program at a public or nonpublic college or an approved training provider.

Standard Eligibility

- Be in "Good Standing" as an 11th or 12th grade student in a Louisiana PUBLIC high school. ("Good Standing" is defined by the student's high school)
- Have an approved 5-Year Education and Career Plan
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale on all courses attempted
- Score at least a 15 on the English and mathematics subsection of the ACT Plan Assessment
- Enroll in a course in an Industry-Based Occupational or Vocational Education Credential Program in a top demand occupation (Eligible Program)

Renewal Requirements

- Remain in "Good Standing" as an 11th or 12th grade student in a Louisiana public high school
- Maintain a 2.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale on all high school courses attempted
- Continue to pursue one or more courses leading to a credential in an Eligible Program
- Remain in "Good Standing" with the public or nonpublic college or approved training provider
- Maintain steady academic progress

  TOPS Tech Early Start Program Rules (Chapter Ten of the Scholarship and Grant Program Rules)


The TOPS Tech Early Start BILLING DEADLINES are:

Fall Semester:
Billing Begins - Begin billing after your school's census date
October 15 - Fall billing deadline: Billings after this deadline will not be approved.
November 14 - ALL Fall billing corrections must be completed and processed
   
Spring Semester:
Billing Begins - Begin billing after your school's census date
April 1 - Spring billing deadline: Billings after this deadline will not be approved.
April 30 - ALL Spring billing corrections must be completed and processed

In cases where the dates above fall on a weekend or declared holiday, the deadline will be the next working day.

Questions regarding payment request submission and processing should be referred to LOSFA's Special Program Staff at: SGSP@la.gov


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Or Contact LOSFA:

E-mail: custserv@la.gov

Telephone: 1-800-259-5626

Write LOSFA at:
P.O. Box 91202
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202