50,000 Louisiana College Students Could Lose Their Scholarships

50,000 Louisiana College Students Could Lose Their Scholarships

There are nearly 47,000 Louisiana students who go to college tuition-free. “While an additional 3,000 students receive a partial scholarship from the state program TOPS.”

Lawmakers are faced with closing an estimated $800 million shortfall for next year. “Governor John Bel Edwards has said there won’t be enough resources to fund the program even though it’s a critical priority.”

The TOPs scholarship is currently available to any student who earns a 2.5 GPA and is scoring at or above the state average ACT or SAT. “In order to cut costs, lawmakers have introduced 17 different bills that would make it harder to be eligible for scholarships.”