On April 2, 2020, Governor Edwards suspended the following TOPS continuation requirements for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

  • the annual hours requirements
  • the steady academic progress requirements
  • the minimum grade point average requirements
  • the deadlines requiring that a student whose award is suspended for failure to meet the grade point average requirements must bring his grade point average up to that required in the applicable statute within a specified time period.

The suspension of these requirements applies to students who were:

  • enrolled full time as of the census date in a college in Louisiana and were

enrolled on March 13, 2020;

  • enrolled full time at an out of state college or university as of the census date

and remained enrolled through March 13, 2020;

  • enrolled full time as of the census date and who were studying abroad and were

required to return to Louisiana due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country in which the students were studying;

  • scheduled to be enrolled full time at a school operating on a basis other than semesters during the spring of 2020.

What if due to the coronavirus all my classes were converted to on-line and/or modified classes and I can’t attend them because I don’t have access to the internet from home?

You must officially resign through the Registrar's Office and designate this as your reason for resignation. FranU will report this information to LOSFA when submitting your grades or when reporting that you resigned from all courses. An exception will automatically be granted.

If you choose to resign from the Spring 2020 semester, FranU will not provide a refund of your TOPS Scholarship to LOSFA. What does this mean for me?

Your TOPS eligibility will be reduced by one semester or term as it would have if you had remained enrolled throughout the semester.

What happens to my TOPS eligibility if I was scheduled to take the April ACT and couldn't because of COVID-19?

The governor’s order suspends the April ACT deadline. Students now have until September 30th to receive a qualifying score, without penalty. However, students must still earn a qualifying ACT score and meet the TOPS Core Curriculum GPA requirement.

What if my TOPS is suspended for not meeting the cumulative GPA requirement during COVID-19?

The governor's order also suspends the deadline that requires a student to achieve a specified GPA to have his award reinstated after a suspension for not meeting the cumulative grade point average requirement. For example, if a student's award is suspended for not making a 2.50, the student would typically have two years to increase their GPA. However, the suspension of this requirement for the spring semester of 2020 would allow students to have until this fall to boost their GPA.

Do I need to file a request for exception if I withdraw this semester or if I don't earn 24 hours because of COVID-19?

You are expected to make every effort to complete the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes remaining enrolled full time and earning 24 hours during the academic year. However, if you are unable to do so because of circumstances beyond your control and which are related to COVID-19, you will be granted an exception to these requirements IF your school reports these circumstances when reporting your grades for this semester. As a result, you must discuss your withdrawal from some or all of your courses with your school so that it can verify that you did so because of circumstances related to COVID19.

I am a junior who has earned 70 hours of college credit. Can I use my TOPS award to go to summer school even if I don’t have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA?

Yes, you will be able to use your TOPS award to attend summer school as long as you enroll full time. Your remaining TOPS eligibility will be reduced by one semester/term.

Will the Governor's proclamation allow me to receive my TOPS award for fall 2020, if I lost my TOPS due to GPA after fall 2019?

Your TOPS award will not be reinstated for fall 2020 unless you bring the GPA up to the required level by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.