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 at a public college in a vocational course of study leading to an industry-based certification in a Top Demand Occupation.

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)
- Achieve 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
- Must have an approved 5-Year Education and Career Plan

Renewal Requirements

- Remain in “Good Standing” as an 11th or 12th grade student as verified by the high school
- Maintain 2.00 on a 4.00 scale on all high school courses attempted
- Remain in “Good Standing” as determined and verified by the public college attended
- Achieve a college cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale by the end of the spring term; maintain steady academic progress at the end of all other terms (2.00 cumulative GPA)

  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