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Taylor Opportunity Program for Students


What is TOPS?

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is Louisiana’s merit based scholarship that rewards students, regardless of family income, for their academic achievements in high school. The TOPS program rewards high school graduates who complete a designated college prep core curriculum with at least a 2.50 GPA and earn at least a 20 on the ACT by paying tuition to an in-state public postsecondary institution. A portion of tuition at in-state LAICU private universities can also be covered. Students with higher core GPA’s and ACT scores earn additional funding provided through annual stipends.


TOPS Core Curriculum: 

for 2013 graduates 

for 2014 graduates and thereafter  


Questions and Answers about TOPS


How do I apply for TOPS?

To apply for TOPS a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 of their senior year. The form should be completed online at

In addition to completing the FAFSA, students should have ACT scores sent to TOPS by placing the code #1595 in box O of their ACT registration form each time they register for the test.

 How do I determine eligibility status for TOPS? 

Students are encouraged to monitor their TOPS status via the Louisiana Award System (LAS).  They should register for an account on the LAS at