BATON ROUGE — Louisiana has “failed” students in the TOPS free college tuition program and risks forcing some of them out of college or pushing them into greater debt because of upcoming cuts, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.
Edwards’ comments came as thousands of students have been receiving notifications reminding them the TOPS awards will only cover 42 percent of tuition costs for the spring semester. That leaves students and parents to come up with the remaining 58 percent.
The Democratic governor had previously objected to Republican-led efforts to “front-load” the TOPS program — with near full funding in the fall