Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a comprehensive program of state scholarships managed through Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).To apply for TOPS, students should:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov
- Complete the TOPS online application at http://www.osfa.la.gov/.
In order to maintain eligibility, TOPS award recipients must adhere to the following:
- TOPS pays tuition not fees.
- TOPS recipients must complete 24 earned hours within the academic year or they will lose TOPS
- Students must be enrolled full time (at least 12 semester hours)
- TOPS is not paid until enrollment has been verified (15th day of class) and payments have been received from LOSFA.
- TOPS recipients who withdraw will lose their TOPS for the semester
TOPS TECH STUDENTS: Students qualifying for the TOPS Tech award MUST be enrolled in a technical program or be in the pursuit of a technical program. If you are taking prerequisites for a TOPS Tech eligible major such as Sonography, Vet Tech or P Tech, you must notify the Financial Aid Office so that you are billed correctly. Certificates and Associates of Applied Science degrees are TOPS Tech eligible. For a list of TOPS Tech eligible programs, click here.
**NOTE**In the event of a budget shortfall, students completing the TOPS On-line Application in lieu of the FAFSA will be the first to lose their TOPS award. To speak to a representative, call Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) at
(800) 259-5626 Ext. 1012 or in Baton Rouge (225) 922-1012, or
E-mail LOSFA at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
write LOSFA at P.O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202
The Louisiana Go Grant is a need-based financial aid program aimed at making college more affordable for non-traditional and low to moderate income students. Louisiana resident students who are eligible for and receive the federal Pell Grant may also be eligible for a Go Grant. The grant helps cover the difference between the actual cost of attending a public or private college in Louisiana and the amount of a student’s Pell Grant award.
To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student must:
- Be a Louisiana Resident;*
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Receive a federal Pell grant;
- Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid ("gift aid") from student's Cost of Attendance (COA);
- Be a student enrolled in an eligible Louisiana institution on at least a half-time basis (minimum 6 hours at semester school or 4 hours at a quarter school).
- Must file a FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA at least annually;
- Continue to receive a Federal Pell Grant;
- Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid ("gift aid") from student's Cost of Attendance (COA).
- The Award can be renewed for subsequent years to a maximum lifetime award that correlates to that of the Federal Pell Grant.
*Residency: Louisiana resident as of the day the FAFSA is filed and Louisiana is the student's true and fixed domicile as reported on the FAFSA. If student's state of residence on the FAFSA is not reported as LA, but a dependent student claims that a non-custodial parent is a Louisiana resident, or that parents are Louisiana residents living out of state, LOSFA will determine residency based on the completion, by the parents, of a residency affidavit.
Annual Award amount
Award amounts to eligible students are based on the institution's allocation and their packaging module and policy. Awards may vary with each academic year. Awards will not be paid for summers sessions, quarters or terms.
Minimum Annual Award $ 300.00
Maximum Annual Award amount up to the maximum allowed per Go Grant regulations.
Disbursement of GO Grant and TOPS
Disbursement of Go Grant and TOPS funding takes place AFTER funding has been received by the state. This may take 6-8 weeks into the semester. Disbursement of funds are prorated based on credit hours.