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LOSFA - The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

TOPS Tech Early Start



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 a 15 or above on the mathematics AND English portion of the Pre- ACT or the ASPIRE, or on the ACT, or the equivalent concordant value on the SAT, or a Silver Level score on the ACT WorkKeys 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.


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 a 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

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