TOPS Update | LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships

TOPS Updates

Most Current TOPS Information

last updated June 26, 2017

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Louisiana Legislature voted to fully fund the TOPS program. Since TOPS is now decoupled from tuition, the permanent fully funded amount will be based on the 2016-2017 tuition amount. LSU has now received the official TOPS amounts from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted to set tuition on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Those amounts have been posted.

Fall 2017

  TOPS Opportunity TOPS Performance TOPS Honors
Tuition & Fees* $5,659.00 $5,659.00 $5,659.00
TOPS Award $3,731.49 $3,931.49 $4,131.49
Out-of-Pocket Cost $1,927.51 $1,727.51 $1,527.51

*12 credit hours

Spring 2018

  TOPS Opportunity TOPS Performance TOPS Honors
Tuition & Fees* $5,659.00 $5,659.00 $5,659.00
TOPS Award $3,731.49 $3,931.49 $4,131.49
Out-of-Pocket Cost $1,927.51 $1,727.51 $1,527.51

*12 credit hours

Important Dates

  • Fee Bills Available for Fall 2017: July 19, 2017
  • Fee Bills Due for Fall 2017: August 3, 2017

Options for Additional Funding and Payment Plans

Complete the FAFSA

If you have not already done so, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Complete Required Documents

Be sure to check myLSU to complete all required documents, including verification. Go to, select “Financial Services,” then “Financial Aid,” then “Verification Documents.”

Accept Awards

To ensure anticipated aid displays on your fee bill, accept all aid in which you are interested by July 19 when fee bills become available for the fall semester. Go to, select “Financial Services,” then “Financial Aid,” then “Financial Aid & Scholarships.”

Deferred Payment Plan

Eligible students are allowed to defer up to half of their current semester charges through LSU's Deferred payment plan. Payment of half of the current semester charges plus any account balance must be received by the due date and the remaining balance can be paid in three equal monthly installments.

Contact a Financial Aid Advisor

Our staff is here to assist you in reaching your educational goals. Contact your Financial Aid Counselor to discuss options.

Questions about TOPS

Who controls TOPS?

The state of Louisiana controls TOPS through the state's budget.

Can I still submit my FAFSA to apply for TOPS and financial aid?

Yes, it is not too late. Please visit to complete the FAFSA.

What do I get from LSU that I can’t get elsewhere?

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