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Money Tree
2018 May 24 - 12:00 am

Senate Committee Rejects More Aid for Needy Students

Rachel Campbell, newly-elected LSU student vice president, was among three TOPS recipients who opposed the proposal. She said data shows the students who would face cuts to TOPS awards would be low-income and minority students. She said higher education costs are rising and students need more help, not less.
Money Tree
2016 September 20 - 12:00 am

Receding Scholarship Programs Covering Fewer Costs

The price tag for classes continues to cost more and more with tuition and fee increases. And this year comes with a new twist as the TOPS program no longer covers the full cost of tuition at a public college, with a small hit taking hold this fall and the larger hit coming in the spring semester.
Money Tree
2016 March 15 - 12:00 am

Potential Impact of State Budget Cuts Will Have Adverse Impact, They Say

Lawmakers meeting in a special session are deciding whether to raise taxes requested by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help fill deep gaps in this year’s budget. Without those tax hikes, the Edwards administration says colleges could be hit with more than $200 million in cuts.
Tracking Trends
2015 August 24 - 12:00 am

Rising ACT Scores Mean Fewer Students Require Remediation

The number of students who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state’s TOPS free college tuition program also increased. Nearly 1,000 more students reached a score to be eligible for TOPS than in the previous year, according to the education department.

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