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TOPS scholarships get the ax from lawmakers

If you’ve got a merit-based scholarship at LSU or another Louisiana public university, there’s a good chance it’s a TOPS scholarship.

The bad news: Louisiana lawmakers couldn’t find a way to fit the entire program into the state budget through 2017.

Though the TOPS program should be operating at close to 100% this Fall, it looks like it will only be operating at about 40% capacity in Spring 2017.

That means you might see a reduction in your merit-based scholarship funds.

LSU started a phone-banking effort this weekend to fully inform all 16,100 Baton Rouge students who receive TOPS scholarships of the coming change.

“We want to clear the air and explain what is going on,” LSU President F. King Alexander said. “We also are asking them to fill out their financial aid forms by the end of July.”

Whatever you do, don’t wait. Be sure to fill out your financial aid applications by the end of July to ensure you’re not dropped from the program!





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