|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 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 9/14/2017 3:18:00 AM.|
Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo says the first LaSTEM Advisory Council meeting was successful in discussing how to increase the amount of students who will succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Rallo says right now, if we don’t engage, Louisiana will not catch up with neighboring states when it comes to STEM jobs.
|Joe Rallo, STEM, Higher Education, LaSTEM Advisory Council|
|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.
|Joe Rallo, TOPS, higher ed, budget, regular session|
|Posted on 2/24/2017 3:14:00 PM.|
The Board of Regents decided not to move forward on a recommendation to increase the credit hour requirement to 30 hours for TOPS students and instead tabled the idea for more study. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo supports the board’s decision to hold off on upping the hourly requirement from 24 hours.
|Joe Rallo, higher education, TOPS, Board of Regents, |
|Posted on 2/24/2017 4:03:00 AM.|
TOPS is not fully funded under the governor’s spending plan for next fiscal year. Officials say it will take more than 80 million additional dollars to pay for the scholarship program. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo has concerns about how students will react to TOPS once again being funded at only 70%.
|Joe Rallo, TOPS, Board of Regents, higher education|
|Posted on 1/19/2017 3:22:00 AM.|
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the budget deficit for fiscal year 2017 is $304 million , so how will this shortfall impact higher education? Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says there has been talk of using the state’s Rainy Day Fund to offset some of the deficit. But Rallo says if lawmakers decide against, it could be detrimental to higher education.
|budget deficit, Joe Rallo, Higher Education, Rainy Day Fund|
|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.
|Joe Rallo, TOPS, higher ed|
|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.
|Joe Rallo, TOPS, higher ed|
|Posted on 11/15/2016 5:03:00 AM.|
This week thousands of Louisiana college students will have a difficult decision to make, as they’re reminded they will owe almost 60% of their semester’s tuition in January. For the first time in its history, TOPS will not cover a recipient’s entire tuition because the legislature was not able to fully fund the program. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says some students could be forced to drop out.
|Joe Rallo, TOPS, higher ed, tuition|
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