TOPS Tech Award amounts differ by type of school attended:
— In a technical program at a public college or university: the Award Amount set by the administering agency for a student at that school during the 2016-2017 academic year;
— In an associate's degree program/shorter term training and education program at a 2 year public college or university: the Award Amount set by the administering agency for a student at that school during the 2016-2017 academic year;
— In an approved program at a four year public college or university that does not offer a baccalaureate degree in the approved program: the Award Amount set by the administering agency for a student at that school during the 2016-2017 academic year;
— In an approved program at a four year public college or university that does offer a baccalaureate degree in the approved program AND at approved proprietary and cosmetology schools: the average of the TOPS Award Amount for students enrolled in technical programs of study in public colleges and universities during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Where Can I Use My TOPS Tech Award?
See https://www.osfa.la.gov/topsawardamounts for the award amount at your school.
Standard Eligibility Requirements
- Minimum High School GPA of 2.50 (GPA computed on core courses only)
- 21 units that comprise the TOPS Tech JumpStart Core Curriculum
- Students may also qualify for the TOPS Tech Award by completing the TOPS Core Curriculum for the Opportunity, Performance and Honors Awards
- Minimum ACT Score (or
SAT Equivalent) of 17
- Must enroll full time as a first time freshman, by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Meet TOPS Louisiana Residency requirements
*BESE-Approved Home Study Eligibility – ACT/SAT Score of 19 (2 points above standard in lieu of core units and GPA)
*Louisiana Residents graduating from an eligible out-of-state high school – ACT/SAT Score 20 (3 points above standard in lieu of core units and GPA)
- Minimum Cum GPA of 2.50 at end of every Spring Semester. 1
- Minimum Cum GPA of 2.00 (Steady Academic Progress) at end of all other semesters.
- Enroll full-time (as defined by your institution) as of the 15th class day
at a semester school or as of the 10th class day at a quarter school every
semester or quarter they enroll and maintain continuous enrollment; 2
- Earn 24 or more hours for Academic Year (Fall Semester, Spring Semester
and Summer Session). 2
- For more information on courses that will and will not fulfill the 24 Hours
annual requirement click
1 Award will be reinstated if 2.50 GPA regained within 12 months.
2 Failure to enroll full time, maintain continuous enrollment or
earn 24 hours results in cancellation of award and it cannot be reinstated
without an Approved
Request for Exception to the Initial, Continuous, or Full-Time Enrollment and/or 24 Hour Requirement.
How to Apply
Complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We strongly encourage you to submit your initial (first) FAFSA before July 1 immediately following your high school graduation so that you will receive TOPS credit on your college's fee bill for the Fall semester after graduation. The absolute deadline to receive your initial TOPS application without a reduction in your award is July 1st following the one year anniversary of your high school graduation.
If you file your initial FAFSA after July 1 of your year of high school graduation, your TOPS payment will be made when your FAFSA has been received and your TOPS eligibility has been determined. Once you are determined TOPS eligible, your TOPS payments will be made beginning with the first semester you enrolled as a full time student in an eligible Louisiana college. Further payments will be made only if you meet the TOPS Continuing Eligibility Requirements.
If your initial TOPS application is received on or after July 2 but no later than October 29 following the one year anniversary of your high school graduation TOPS award will be reduced by one semester if received no later than August 30 or two semesters if received no later than October 29.
Students who can verify ineligibility
for Federal Grants may forgo the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid and apply via online
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The Transfer Degree Guarantee helps students to easily transfer from a 2-year or community college to a 4-year university in the state of Louisiana. It provides guidance and saves time and money.
TDG ensures that a community college student can transfer to a Louisiana 4-year public university and immediately enroll with Junior-level status in most majors.
Whether you are a student, advisor, counselor or parent the following site provides you with detailed information regarding the TDG: https://www.latransferdegree.org