The TOPS Honors Award

Awarded By:

Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must meet the residency requirements for the state of Louisiana.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Please note: The grade point average is computed on core courses only.
  5. Must attend a Louisiana public college or university or an accredited Louisiana independent college or university.
  6. Must graduate from a Louisiana high school.
  7. Must have an ACT score of 27 or higher or the SAT equivalent.
  8. Must plan to enroll full time.
  9. Must enroll as a first-time freshman by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The TOPS Honors Award pays the TOPS Award Amount set by the administering agency for a student at a particular institution during the academic year unless increased by Act of the Legislature plus an annual stipend of $800. If a student attends a college within the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the award amount will be the weighted average award amount that was set for public colleges and universities during the 2016-2017 academic year plus an annual stipend of $800. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. Please note: Students who can verify ineligibility for federal grants may complete the TOPS online application instead of the FAFSA. However, students should be aware that in the event of a budget shortfall, students who complete the online application will be the first to lose their TOPS award. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA by July 1 immediately following their high school graduation. The final deadline to submit the FAFSA without a reduction in award is July 1 following the one-year anniversary of the student's high school graduation

Application requirements for the The TOPS Honors Award are:

  • FAFSA
  • Application form
Additional Information: All applicants must complete 19 core units in high school. More information on required high school courses is available online at www.osfa.la.gov/schgrt6.htm.

Award Amount: Annual stipend of $800  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $800.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 1, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 1, 2023

Program information is available from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) website. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. Please note: Students who can verify ineligibility for federal grants may complete the TOPS online application instead of the FAFSA. However, students should be aware that in the event of a budget shortfall, students who complete the online application will be the first to lose their TOPS award. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA by July 1 immediately following their high school graduation. The final deadline to submit the FAFSA without a reduction in award is July 1 following the one-year anniversary of the student's high school graduation
About Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance:
Contact Information: Gus Wales, Director of Public Information
Address: P.O. Box 91202 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-9202

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