Louisiana TOPS

Signing of Taylor Plan in Governor Buddy Roemer’s Office

In 1989, the original Louisiana Taylor Plan became law as a result of Mr. Patrick F. Taylor’s educational initiatives. Governor Roemer signed ACT 789 into law creating the first state-funded, merit-based college tuition program in the country called the Louisiana College Tuition Plan (LCTP). Students were required to earn 17.5 units in the core curriculum, score a minimum 18 composite score on the ACT, and earn a 2.5 grade point average. In 1992, the program was renamed the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) by ACT 887 and ACT 718. Both programs had an income cap.

In 1997, Governor Foster signed into law ACT 1375 and ACT 287 changing TAP to the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). The income cap was removed, the program was broadened and the core curriculum was adjusted to 16.5 units. With this law, all Louisiana students became eligible for awards based on their academic performance.

In 2001, Governor Foster signed ACT 1202 which provides the Governor, Legislature and public with an annual evaluation of the TOPS Program. In addition, the data collected provides indicators on how effective individual high schools are preparing their graduates for college or entry into workforce training.

In 2008, Governor Jindal signed ACT 652 renaming TOPS the Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students in honor of Mr. Taylor.

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.

Criteria For Eligibility: See below links for TOPS information from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).

TOPS brochures and flyers