Thursday, July 7, 2016

Funding schedule for Louisiana TOPS scholarship could leave schools scrambling to close gap - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Louisiana legislators passed a state budget last week that includes full funding for its in-state student scholarship program, but allows the funding to reduce by more than 42% during the spring semester. Supporters of "frontloading" the TOPS program say it gives students a full semester to arrange for financial support which may elapse, but opponents say financial aid support is most limited during the spring semester. Louisiana is notorious for legislative cuts across a number of industries, and its budget allocations for the TOPS program maintain what many consider to be a nationally dubious record on higher education.

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