TOPS Task Force

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The legislative task force charged with re-examining the TOPS scholarship program in Louisiana approved a package of changes Wednesday. 

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After about six months of work, the TOPS task force is set to vote on potential changes to the popular state scholarship program Wednesday. 

TOPS Changes Proposed: 'Step It Up'

Jan 12, 2018
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“The TOPS program serves the citizens of Louisiana very, very well,” state Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings told the task force he chairs. “That being said, I think the current program, which was developed a little over 20 years ago, is an antiquated program that’s in the 20th century and not in the 21st century.”

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TOPS Task Force members arrived for Thursday’s meeting to find massive books of data before them.

"You asked us to look at the implications of the biggest buckets of changes that have been proposed in TOPS," Dr. Sujuan Boutte, director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance explained, with a rueful chuckle.

Doing the Math on Real College Costs

Oct 30, 2017
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How do you pick a college? There are some standard questions.

“What do you want to be, and what are you really good at?” suggested Director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid, Sujuan Boutté. "Which of these institutions have what you want to major in, and they’re good at it? Where can you get in?”

But according to Boutté, Louisiana students have to do the math and consider the financial factor.


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The task force charged with reviewing the TOPS scholarship program held its first meeting Wednesday at the Capitol. 


TOPS Task Force Named

Aug 4, 2017
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What to do about TOPS? The popular college scholarship program has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year, and Louisiana is facing a $1.2-billion drop in revenues next year.

“Doing nothing is not an option moving forward,” says Representative Franklin Foil of Baton Rouge.