TOPS Frequently Asked Questions

The Louisiana State Legislature, made up of locally elected representatives and senators, appropriates funding for TOPS and has the ability to alter eligibility requirements.

TOPS was funded at 70.5% of its current level, meaning students will receive a smaller scholarship award than they did in 2015-16. We wish this decision had been made sooner in the year so that students and their families would have had more time to plan accordingly. As things now stand, students will receive 100% of their TOPS award for the fall semester, but only 40% of that award in the spring. We understand that any change in a student’s anticipated financial aid package can be stressful. To mitigate the situation, LSU representatives will reach out to TOPS students in the coming weeks to inform them about the changes to the program and ensure awareness of all financial aid and payment options available to our students.

If you haven’t already done so, you should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to determine your eligibility for federal grants or loans. The deadline to do so and be considered for funding in the 2016-17 academic year is July 1.

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Page Updated: Oct. 28, 2016