Thursday, April 20, 2017

TOPS again a target in Louisiana session, budget negotiation - Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

Louisiana lawmakers, struggling with persistent budget shortfalls, are again looking to restructure the TOPS college tuition program to lessen state costs. Proposals include boosting the grade point average required to get the award or steering more of the money to needy students. Another measure would require students who receive TOPS to work in Louisiana after college or repay some money spent on their tuition. This year, for the first time, lawmakers didn't fully fund TOPS, instead covering only 70 percent of tuition costs for eligible students. Next year's budget proposal starts off with the same financing plan, proposing $209 million for TOPS and giving students across the board less than their full tuition coverage.

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