TOPS

TOPS

 

Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a comprehensive program of state scholarships.  TOPS includes four award components:  TOPS Tech, TOPS Opportunity, TOPS Performance, and TOPS Honors.  Students may use any of the four awards at Fletcher; however, students eligible for TOPS Tech must declare a technical major.  Refer to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance’s website at http://www.osfa.la.gov/ for complete information on the four components.  TOPS Award Recipient’s Rights and Responsibilities.

 

Eligible TOPS Technical Award Programs

 

Note:  Students who are TOPS Tech eligible must enroll for all of their courses at Fletcher. They may not cross enroll at other institutions.

 

TO APPLY

 

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) unless they can demonstrate that they do not qualify for federal grant aid (Pell Grant).  We recommend that all students submit the FAFSA.

 

Students who can demonstrate that they do not qualify for federal grant aid may submit the TOPS online application on the LOSFA website. The Online Application will require students to certify that they do not qualify for federal grant aid, and to certify their citizenship, residency, and criminal conviction status.  You must know that those students who apply for TOPS by using the TOPS On-Line Application run the risk of being the first to lose their TOPS award in the event of budget issues.  We recommend that all students complete the FAFSA.

 

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Please click on LOSFA for TOPS Renewal Requirements regarding all renewal requirements.  Remember, each award has different requirements.  You MUST know which award you are receiving in order to know the renewal requirements.

 

TOPS APPEAL – EXCEPTION FOR CONTINUOUS OR FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT

 

The recipient of a TOPS award must maintain continuous full-time enrollment, unless granted an exception.  To be granted an exception, the student/recipient must meet all TOPS requirements, except the initial, continuous or full-time enrollment requirement.  The student should complete and submit an Exception Request Form, with documentary evidence, to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance as soon as possible after the occurrence of the event or circumstance that supports the reinstatement request and must submit the request no later than six months after the date of the notice of cancellation.

 

For additional information regarding the TOPS program, visit http://www.osfa.la.gov/