Higher Standards For TOPS Scholarship Might Come Soon
TOPS may be getting some changes as Louisiana looks to stabilize college funding and tuition costs.
The state’s merit-based college scholarship program could see some savings by raising the standards for getting the award.
Currently, a student can receive a TOPS scholarship by earning a high school GPA of 2.5 and an ACT school of at least a 20.
The program cost the state $41 million in 1996. Last year, those costs rose to $166 million.
Task force member Dr. Philip Rozeman said the lower TOPS costs, the more money that can go to colleges. That will help keep tuition costs from skyrocketing.