The Board of Regents to Ask for $172 million Increase Next Year
Posted on 10/25/2018 11:44:00 AM.

The Board of Regents will ask for a $172 million increase in state funding for public colleges next year. The request would push state funding for higher ed to $1.2 billion for the 2019-20 budget year that begins July 1. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says the additional funding will help students who are struggling with the rising cost of education.

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Rises in Tuition Jeopardizes College Access for Low-Income Students
Posted on 10/14/2018 12:17:00 PM.

According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Louisiana has slashed state funding to higher education by more than 40 percent in the last decade, which is the highest in the nation. That means rising tuition costs for students. Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says that makes it tough on low-income families.

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Louisiana leads nation in FAFSA submissions
Posted on 10/2/2018 3:22:00 AM.

Louisiana has the highest FAFSA submission rates in the nation according to a new report. That means more students than ever are applying to see what financial aid they qualify for when it comes to post-secondary education.

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Southeastern sports lowest debt for students
Posted on 9/10/2018 4:33:00 AM.

Southeastern Louisiana University students graduate with less debt than any other university in Louisiana, that according to a report from LendEDU. The Lions didn’t just top the state, they pulled in at 46th lowest debt load in the nation.

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Louisiana leads the nation in FAFSA applicants
Posted on 7/9/2018 6:49:00 PM.

Louisiana now leads the nation when it comes to student applications for federal aid to attend college. Louisiana had one of the lowest FAFSA completion rates in the nation in 2015, and Stephanie Markham with the Louisiana Department of Education says there's now a policy requiring all graduating high schoolers to fill out financial aid forms.

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No tuition increases at Louisiana community colleges and technical schools
Posted on 6/15/2018 4:00:00 AM.

Despite a budget that calls for deep cuts to higher ed, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System will not raise tuition or fees for the 2018-19 school year, continuing a two-year trend of keeping costs stable for students. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the state cannot continue to place the cost of education on the backs of students.

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TOPS expected to be fully funded in budget
Posted on 6/8/2017 2:54:00 AM.

Budget negotiations continue at the Capitol, but the House and Senate say they plan to fully fund TOPS next fiscal year. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says education leaders are still holding their breath until the session ends this evening. He says funding TOPS gives students some certainty, but its possible scholarship recipients will have to pay some money towards tuition costs.

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House committee advances bill to increase TOPS GPA requirement
Posted on 5/10/2017 2:28:00 PM.

The House Education Committee advances a bill to increase the minimum GPA requirement for TOPS from 2.5 to 2.75. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil authored the measure. He says he’s hearing a lot of frustration from voters about the uncertainty of the scholarship program.

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Board of Regents looking at changes to TOPS
Posted on 1/9/2017 4:45:00 PM.

The staff of the Louisiana Board of Regents is proposing several changes to the TOPS scholarship program. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says the board is reviewing their report, and the final recommendations will be made in February. He says they are looking at a variety of ways to change how the scholarship is awarded, after the state failed to fully fund the program for the first time this year.

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Higher ed leaders propose raising hourly requirement for TOPS
Posted on 12/16/2016 10:35:00 AM.

With budget shortfalls still looming, higher education leaders are looking at more potential changes to the TOPS scholarship program. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says one option being discussed is raising the hourly requirement for the scholarship from 24 credits per year to 30. He says the idea is to encourage students to graduate more quickly, as TOPS only covers 8 semesters.

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