What is the Taylor Plan?

The Taylor Plan sets the standard for student achievement in high school, offering students a state-funded, merit-based opportunity to attend college or vocational/technical school.  The Plan is a contract between students and state.  Students can earn up to a four-year, state-paid college tuition if they meet specified criteria.

How do I find out if my state has a Taylor Plan?

Review the Map of Taylor Plan States section on this website.  States highlighted in blue have adopted some version of the “Taylor Plan.” Click on any blue state to find out the name of the program, year it was adopted and the link to the state website.  If the state is in white, it currently does not have a Taylor Plan program.

What is TOPS?

Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a comprehensive program of state scholarships and one of the most innovative and progressive student assistance programs in the nation.

TOPS guarantees Louisiana students the right to a state-funded college education if they meet the core curriculum, ACT score and cumulative grade point average requirements.

The four different award components of the TOPS Program are: TOPS Opportunity Award, TOPS Performance Award, TOPS Honors Award, and TOPS Tech Award.


Who administers TOPS?

Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).  The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation does not oversee the TOPS program.  The Foundation’s goal is to promote public awareness about the TOPS program in Louisiana and the Taylor Plan in other states.

Students must contact the LOSFA office regarding qualification status, appeals and questions about the TOPS curriculum.  You may contact LOSFA at www.osfa.la.gov or call to speak to a representative at (800) 259-5626, ext. 1012.