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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REC action ends fiscal cliff drama
Posted on 6/26/2018 11:41:00 AM.

The fiscal cliff is officially gone as the Revenue Estimating Conference recognized 500-million dollars in revenue that will be used to shield TOPS, public colleges and most state agencies from cuts after July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne led the meeting, one day after the governor signed a new sales tax bill into law.
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Fiscal cliff, TOPS, higher education, Revenue Estimating Conference

TOPS has been saved but not without the help of students
Posted on 6/26/2018 10:00:00 AM.

Higher education is celebrating the passage of the budget and tax plan that saves universities and TOPS from further budget cuts. Without the passage of the 4.45% sales tax bill, TOPS was on the block for a 30% cut and higher education was looking at tens of millions of dollars in cuts. Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Kim Hunter Reed credits the students who let their voices to be heard.
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Gov. Edwards celebrates passage of final budget, tax bills
Posted on 6/25/2018 9:22:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago. Edwards congratulated lawmakers on keeping healthcare and education off the chopping block.
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Final budget plan clears the legislature; session comes to an end without major cuts
Posted on 6/25/2018 5:29:00 AM.

A budget deal is on its way to the governor’s desk that fully funds higher ed, healthcare, and TOPS, and sets the state’s sales tax rate at 4.45% on July 1st through July 2025. The bill raises 466 million dollars for next fiscal year. Mandeville Senator and Republican Jack Donahue, the bill’s cosponsor, says it’s the compromise the legislature needed to get done.
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Student rally at State Capitol to support TOPS and higher education funding
Posted on 6/20/2018 5:16:00 AM.

LSU Student Government hosts a rally at the State Capitol today to call for full funding of TOPS and higher education. If lawmakers do not act before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, then students will face a 30% cut to TOPS and a $21 million dollar reduction in funding for LSU.

LSU Student Government President Stewart Lockett says they want to give students a voice about their future.
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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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LCTCS, Higher Ed, TOPS, Monty Sullivan, budget cuts

Proposed cuts to TOPS sending students out of state
Posted on 6/13/2018 4:58:00 AM.

Unless the state legislature approves additional revenue, TOPS will suffer a 30% reduction, a cost that will be passed right back to students and their families. Higher ed is also on the block for a substantial reduction, and Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says even if the state approves the funds, we’re already losing some of our highest performers, who are tired of the uncertainty.
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High school programs continues to increase students attending college
Posted on 5/16/2018 3:30:00 PM.

Louisiana education officials say the number of high school graduates entering college each fall has increased by 15% since 2012. A record 23,500 public high school students from the Class of 2017 enrolled in college last fall. State Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says high school programs geared toward college credits have helped the numbers grow.

Sydni Dunn, FAFSA, TOPS, High School Programs

Louisiana's high school graduation rate reaches an all-time high
Posted on 5/10/2018 11:33:00 AM.

Louisiana high schools posted an all-time high of 78.1% of four year graduation for the class of 2017. That’s an increase of eleven percent over the last ten years. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White says it’s a 4,000 student increase over last year.

Louisiana Department of Education, graduation rates, TOPS

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