Board of Regents tables proposal to raise credit hour requirement for TOPS
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.

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Board of Regents to finalize recommendations on TOPS changes
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%.

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Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.

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LSU Student Gov. President concerned about proposed changes to TOPS
Posted on 2/7/2017 11:03:00 AM.

LSU Student Government believes proposed changes to the TOPS scholarship program made by the Board of Regents will have detrimental effects on students and might force some to attend schools in other states. President Zack Faircloth says one proposed change by the board is to require students to take 30 credit hours a year in order to keep the scholarship.

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Rep Foil proposes raising GPA requirement for TOPS
Posted on 1/25/2017 4:32:00 AM.

Lawmakers are once again proposing more changes to the TOPS scholarship program as budget problems continue to plague the state. State representative Franklin Foil says raising the requirements for TOPS could make the program more affordable. The GPA requirement is currently a 2.5, but he says it should be increased to a 3.0 over the next three years.

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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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LSU President concerned about enrollment & teacher retention with more cuts coming
Posted on 12/14/2016 12:40:00 PM.

LSU President F. King Alexander went before the House Appropriations Committee and expressed concerns over a possible 16th budget cut in nine years. Alexander says they can’t be much more efficient when LSU is already 46 out of 50 flagship universities in per student spending. He says at some point we need to invest in the next generation of students.

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Gov Edwards expects TOPS to be fully funded next year
Posted on 11/17/2016 4:45:00 AM.

TOPS recipients will be responsible for more than half of their spring tuition, and state leaders are arguing about who’s to blame. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry said the governor was more concerned about funding other priorities, like private-public hospitals.

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UNO and NSU to cover TOPS shortfall
Posted on 11/16/2016 11:30:00 AM.

The University of New Orleans and Northwestern State say they will use other financial resources to cover the 60%of tuition TOPS students will be required to pay for next semester. NSU President Jim Henderson says the scholarship program promised to pay 100% of a recipients’ tuition and they intend to keep the promise for their students. 

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