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					   Louisiana’s First Choice for College Access


Student Financial Assistance
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                                  LOSFA
                                   College Access and Outreach
                  2009-2010




                                   Louisiana Guaranteed Student Loans
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                                   Early Start
                  2009-2010




                                   Go Grant
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                                   LA LEAP Grant

                                   Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

                                   Health Care Educator Loan Forgiveness


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                                   2009-2010
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                                       What      TOPS                is :

                                   Scholarship

                                   Created and funded by the State
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                                   Legislature

                                   Administered by the Louisiana Office of
                                   Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA)

                                   Portable
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                                      What           TOPS      In very simplified terms
                                                                                                does :

                                        Pays
                                                      an amount equal to
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                                                                          the base        tuition
                                                at any
                                          Louisiana public college or university

                                   Or a small portion of the tuition for members of the Louisiana Association of
                                       Independent Colleges (LAICU)
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop         Louisiana Association of
                                   Independent Colleges (LAICU)
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                                     $1343 per semester for Academic Year 2008-2009

                                     Centenary College
                                     Dillard University
                                     Louisiana College
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                                     Loyola University New Orleans
                                     New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
                                     Our Lady of Holy Cross College
                                     Our Lady of the Lake College
                                     St. Joseph Seminary College
                                     Tulane University
                                     Xavier University
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                                   How to earn TOPS :
                                              High school students :
                  2009-2010




                                    Take the TOPS    Core Curriculum
                                               classes in school,
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                                    Make at least a 2.50   GPA
                                               on those classes,
                                                   AND
                                    Score at least a 20   on the ACT test
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                  2009-2010        TOPS Award Process
                                    When LOSFA has all three requirements (ACT,
                                     grades, & application) our computer merges them
                                     and determines eligibility
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                                    Eligibility immediately appears on TOPS Master
                                     Roster

                                    LOSFA immediately sends letter to student
                                       ONLY official notification
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                  2009-2010        General Eligibility Requirements
                                   Citizenship

                                   Residency

                                   No criminal convictions
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                                   Complete the TOPS Core curriculum
                                            (Tech Scholarship has a choice of 3 curricula)


                                   Apply for the Scholarship
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop            TOPS Core Curriculum
                                   TOPS Core Courses must be completed
                  2009-2010




                                   as of the date of graduation

                                   Distance learning courses and college
                                   courses taken in the classroom, online, or
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                                   by correspondence, may be used to qualify
                                   for TOPS provided that they are determined
                                   to be equivalent courses and appear on
                                   the student’s official high school
                                   transcript
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                  2009-2010                    TOPS Core Curriculum

                                   Four English classes : I, II, III, and IV

                                   Three math classes :
                                     Algebra I
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                                     Algebra II
                                     And one math elective:
                                      Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Advanced Math I,
                                       Advanced Math II, Probability and Statistics, Discrete
                                       Mathematics, Algebra III, Applied Mathematics III, or
                                       Integrated Mathematics III
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                 TOPS Core Curriculum
                                   Three science classes :
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                                     Biology
                                     Chemistry
                                     And one science elective:
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                                     Earth Science, Physical Science, General
                                     Science, Environmental Science, Biology II,
                                     Chemistry II, Physics, Physics II, or Physics for
                                     Technology
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                  2009-2010                      TOPS Core Curriculum

                                   One additional Math or Science elective
                                     Geometry, Calculus, Advanced Math I, Advanced
                                     Math II, Pre-Calculus, Probability and Statistics,
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                                     Discrete Mathematics, Algebra III, Applied
                                     Mathematics III, Integrated Mathematics III,
                                    or
                                     Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics, or Physics II
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                TOPS Core Curriculum
                                   Three social sciences
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                                     American History

                                     Civics and Free Enterprise (1 unit combined),
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                                     Civics (1 unit), or AP American Government

                                     And one social science elective
                                       World History, Western Civilization, World Geography,
                                       or European History
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                 TOPS Core Curriculum
                                   Foreign Language
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                                     Two units in the same language
                                       English is not considered a foreign language
                                     American Sign Language (2 units)
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                                     Any additional foreign language classes may be
                                     treated as electives
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                                   Fine Arts Survey
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                                      or substitute two units of performance courses
                                     in music, dance or theater*
                                      or substitute two units of studio art*
                                      or substitute two units of visual art*
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                                      or substitute Speech III and Speech IV (two
                                     units)
                                      or substitute 1 unit of an elective from among
                                     the other subjects listed in this core curriculum
                                                   * The two units of performance or studio art
                                                        or visual art may be any combination of
                                                        whole and half units
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                  2009-2010                       TOPS Core Curriculum

                                   ½ unit of Computer Science, Computer
                                   Literacy, or Business Computer
                                   Applications
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                                      or substitute at least ½ unit of an elective course
                                      related to computers that is approved by the State
                                      Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
                                      (BESE)
                                      or substitute at least 1/2 unit of an elective from
                                      among the other subjects listed in the core
                                      curriculum
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop   Award-Specific Requirements
                                   Each award level has its own
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                                   requirements for GPA & ACT
                                       Opportunity : 2.50 GPA and   20 ACT
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                                       Performance : 3.00 GPA and   23 ACT

                                       Honors     : 3.00 GPA and 27 ACT

                                       Tech       : 2.50 GPA   and 17 ACT
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                       High School GPA
                                   The TOPS core grade point average (GPA)
                  2009-2010




                                   will be calculated using only those grades
                                   achieved in the core curriculum courses
                                     Highest grade
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                                   For high schools using any grading scale other
                                   than a 4.00 scale, all grade values must be
                                   converted to a 4.00 scale

                                   GPA cannot be rounded up
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                                   Highest composite score will be considered
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                                     TOPS does not consider the Essay portion of the
                                     ACT in calculating the composite score needed to
                                     qualify
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                                   ACT Registration
                                     TOPS Code 1595
                                     Social Security Number
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                                   ACT Deadlines
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                                     Without penalty: April of senior year
                                     Loss of one semester eligibility: June of senior year
                                        A June ACT score cannot be used to upgrade an
                                        Opportunity award to an Honors or Performance award
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                                     Students who fail to achieve a qualifying ACT score
                                     by July 1 of the graduating year shall not be
                                     considered for an award
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                                   An equivalent SAT score may be substituted
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                                   for the ACT score
                                     TOPS does not consider the Essay portion of the
                                     SAT
                                   SAT Registration
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                                     Scholarship Code 9019
                                     Social Security Number
                                   SAT Test Deadlines
                                     Without Penalty: March of senior year
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                  Award-Specific Benefits
                                   Opportunity, Performance and Honors
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                                   awards pay base tuition for eight
                                   semesters at any Louisiana public
                                   college or university, for students
                                   pursuing academic degrees, non-
                                   academic degrees, or technical
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                                   certificates or diplomas (Or a small portion of the
                                   tuition at colleges that are members of the Louisiana Association of
                                   Independent Colleges)


                                   Performance award adds $400 per year

                                   Honors award adds $800 per year
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                  2009-2010                Award-Specific Benefits

                                   Tech award pays base tuition for four
                                   semesters at any of the forty campuses
                                   of the Louisiana Technical Colleges, or
                                   for the technical programs at seven
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                                   community colleges, LSU-Eunice, or Our
                                   Lady of the Lake College.
                                    for ALL forms of Federal financial aid
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                                    for ALL forms of Louisiana financial aid
                                                  including TOPS
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                                    for most institutional financial aid

                                            Free Application
                                                   For
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                                           Federal Student Aid

                                                FAFSA
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                       Award Acceptance
                                   Must enter an eligible institution as a full-time
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                                   student by the fall semester following the first
                                   anniversary of high school graduation
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                                     Fall 2011
 2008-2009 TOPS & FAFSA Workshop                                   Deadlines
                                   TOPS application must be submitted
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                                   between January 1 and July 1 of the
                                   student’s senior year
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                                   Students should verify the aid deadline for
                                   the institution they plan to attend. The school
                                   deadline will probably be much earlier than
                                   the deadline for TOPS
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                  2009-2010                      Contact TOPS

                                   Louisiana Office of Student
                                       Financial Assistance
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                                      www.osfa.state.la.us
                                   custserv@osfa.state.la.us
                                   (800) 259-5626 Ext. 1012
                                        (225) 922-1012

				
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