TOPS: MYTH vs FACT
students across Louisiana received TOPS in 2015-2016.
MYTH: Raising requirements won't impact too many students.
A large number of Louisiana students would lose free access to college if the ACT score was raised just one point.
MYTH: Public school students will be most affected by TOPS eligibility changes.
More than a quarter of private school students would lose eligibility if the GPA requirement is raised just .25 points.
MYTH: Low-income students are already benefiting from TOPS scholarships.
An increasing number of students from higher income families are receiving TOPS scholarships.
MYTH: Families can cover the gap in tuition costs so their children can go to college.
For many low-income families, TOPS is the only way students can afford to go to college.
The gap is too much for many low-income families to cover.
MYTH: There are many other funding options for low-income students.
TOPS is funded at a much higher rate than needs-based scholarship programs.