Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Bulletin
DATE ISSUED: April 3, 2003

Louisiana High School Principals and Counselors, City and Parish School Board Presidents, School Board Superintendents, College and University, Technical College and LAICU Chancellors, Financial Aid Offices, Business Offices, Registrars and Auditors, System Governance, Board of Regents, Department of Education, Louisiana Officials, Louisiana Legislators, and Commission Members


Scholarship and Grant Program Revision to Extend the Exception to Initial and Continuous Enrollment for Military Service to Include Students who Voluntarily Enlist and Enter Active Duty After Enrollment When the U.S. is Engaged in Armed Conflict or the President has Declared a National Emergency

To assure that your Scholarship and Grant Program Rules remain current, please record this document on your TOPS Bulletin index and retain it with your manual.

The Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission has revised the Scholarship and Grant Program Rules at its March 25, 2003 meeting to amend Section 2103 of the Scholarship and Grant Program Rules to extend the exception to the initial and continuous enrollment requirements for military service to include students who voluntarily enlist and enter on active duty after enrolling for the first-time as a full-time student, when the United States is engaged in armed conflict or the President has declared a national emergency.

The full compilation of the TOPS rules with all changes incorporated to date may be viewed on our web site at www.osfa.state.la.us. The revisions, with inserted language underlined and stricken language struck out, follow:


Title 28


Part VI. Student Financial Assistance—Higher

Education Scholarship and Grant Programs


Chapter 21. Miscellaneous Provisions and Exceptions

§2103. Circumstances Warranting Exception to the Initial and Continuous Enrollment Requirements

A. - E.8.
      9. Military Service

a. Definition. The student/recipient is in the United States Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard and is called on active duty status or is performing emergency state service with the National Guard or voluntarily enlists and enters on active duty as a member of the regular United States Armed Forces during a National Emergency declared by the President of the United States or when the United States is engaged in armed conflict.

b. Certification Requirements. The student/recipient must submit:

i. a completed exception request form including official college transcripts, the dates of the required leave of absence, necessity of withdrawing, dropping hours, etc., the semester(s) or number of days involved, and the length of duty (beginning and ending dates), and
ii. a written certification from the commanding officer or regional supervisor including the dates and location of active duty, or
iii. a certified copy of the military orders.

c. Maximum Length of Exception. Up to the length of the required active duty service period, not to exceed four years.

E.10 - 11.C.