One-third of TOPS recipients had their awards canceled in the last 10 years, but TOPS students graduate at higher rates than their classmates.
A recent report analyzing the 20-year-old Taylor Opportunity Program for Students found that more than 50,000 recipients from fall 2005 and spring 2016 had their awards canceled.
The main cause for cancellation was not a low grade point average, but rather keeping a full course load, according to the December 2016 report from Louisiana Board of Regents.
Recipients of the state-funded scholarship must earn at least 24 credit hours (generally eight classes) a year and maintain a minimum GPA that differs by award level. The lowest is a 2.3 (C) for freshmen; the highest is a 3.0 (B).