|Posted on 3/12/2018 2:34:00 PM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off the regular session today by laying out his legislative agenda, and tearing into lawmakers who failed to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor highlighted the plight of Louisiana’s highest performing students, who could begin to be poached by universities in other states with TOPS still up in the air. Edwards says right now Bama is beating us academically, and athletically.
|John Bel Edwards, regular session, fiscal cliff, TOPS, minimum wage, licensing, gun control, Alabama|
|Posted on 3/6/2018 10:56:00 AM.|
|Now that the special session concluded without a solution to fill a one-billion-dollar budget shortfall in July, TOPS funding could be cut by 80-percent. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo says many parents can’t afford to send their kids to college without some financial help. Those college prospects are looking elsewhere to get their education.|
"Students who have a 30, 31, 32 ACTs, they're already being courted by Alabama and Texas and Arkansas schools saying 'we'll match your TOPS, we'll guarantee your TOPS' and we're already seeing students leaving."
|TOPS, Joe Rallo, higher education|
|Posted on 2/18/2018 9:32:00 AM.|
Springtime is acceptance letter season for most college bound high school students, and the state’s budget uncertainty is causing many to rethink whether they want to attend school in Louisiana. LSU president F. King Alexander is calling on legislators to find a budget solution that funds higher ed and TOPS by the end of the February special session.
|fiscal cliff, LSU, TOPS|
|Posted on 1/31/2018 6:56:00 PM.|
A task force’s recommendations to alter the TOPS scholarship
is taking fire from advocates for lower income students. Jennings Senator Blade
Morrish’s proposal would cap payments to lower performing high school students.
Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says Morrish’s proposal
disproportionality targets poor students.
|TOPS, Blade Morrish, James Caillier|
|Posted on 1/31/2018 3:58:00 AM.|
A task force votes today on a series of recommendations they hope will bring long-term sustainability to TOPS. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish says under his proposal many TOPS students would not have their tuition fully paid for anymore.
“We’re lowering the award amount in some cases and raising it in some cases to take care of the best and the brightest,” Morrish said.
|TOPS, Blade Morrish, education|
|Posted on 1/23/2018 1:39:00 PM.|
The governor presented a budget yesterday that included an 80 percent cut in TOPS funding as part of his “Doomsday Budget” that reflected a one billion dollar cut in state funds. President and CEO of the University of Louisiana System Dr. Jim Henderson says a cut like that would cost students and their families thousands of dollars a year.
|TOPS, Jim Henderson, fiscal cliff|
|Posted on 1/19/2018 11:25:00 AM.|
|Higher Education Commisisoner Joe Rallo is concerned about the possible lack funding for the TOPS program. Governor Edwards will present his budget proposal on Monday. Rallo says if funding for TOPS is eliminated, it will be devastating for students who benefit from the program.
"Our students right now are making decisions as to where they're going to go to college. And having to wait until the end of June to find out if there's going to be funding if there's going to be TOPS support, is very, very disastrous because they're starting to make decisions to go out of state or just not go to school."More
|TOPS, Joe Rallo, budget concerns|
|Posted on 1/16/2018 2:09:00 AM.|
A published report says Governor John Bel Edwards will present a budget to lawmakers on Friday that includes a 100 percent cut to TOPS. The budget is a representation of what would happen if the GOP led House and Edwards do not find a solution to the loss of one billion dollars in revenue on July 1st. LAPolitics Publisher Jeremy Alford.
|TOPS, LAPolitics, Jeremy Alford|
|Posted on 1/11/2018 5:55:00 PM.|
A state lawmaker is proposing to change TOPS scholarship amounts. Students who meet the minimum eligibility would receive a $4,000 payment for the year, but students who achieve a very high ACT and GPA get a full scholarship, plus a stipend. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish says $4,000 may seem low, but it’s still the most lucrative college tuition program in the U.S.
|Blade Morrish, TOPS, college scholarships|
|Posted on 9/14/2017 2:41:00 PM.|
The president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System wants the state to pursue a scholarship program for adults so they can attend two year schools. Monty Sullivan likes the idea of a TOPS for grown folks.
|Monty Sullivan, LCTCS, TOPS, financial aid|
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