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TOPS On-Line Application for Academic Year 2014 - 2015

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To apply for TOPS, you must use ONE of the two applications that follow:
You must have your parent or custodian assist you in completing this application.
1. You Must Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if:
  • You think your family will qualify for need based financial aid or federal grant aid (click here for determination of federal grant aid eligibility) OR
  • You want to be considered for all programs, including TOPS, Federal grants, student loans and work study jobs, OR
  • You are an “Independent Student.”
2. You May Complete the On-Line Application for TOPS instead of the FAFSA if:
  • TOPS is the only state program for which you are applying
  • You do not qualify for Federal Grant Aid (Federal Pell Grant)
  • You are a 2014 high school graduate who is applying for TOPS for thefirst timeand will not file the FAFSA at a later date.
  • You are a Louisiana high school graduate enrolling in a Louisiana college after havingattended an out-of-state college.
Graduates of 2014 - The TOPS application deadline is July 1 following
the one year anniversary of high school graduation. You MUST file your FAFSA or TOPS On-line Application so that it is received by the federal processor
by July 1, 2015 to receive full TOPS funding. However, to ensure timely processing and award notification, students are strongly encouraged to file
at least six weeks prior to entry into college. Be sure to PRINT and RETAIN your dated FAFSA or TOPS On-line Application confirmation
page that includes the confirmation number in case verification of timely filing is required. No payment of a TOPS award will be made until the initial FAFSA or
on-line application has been received and you have been determined eligible for a TOPS award.