La. House passes bill that would cut all TOPS scholarships equally

La. House passes bill that would cut all TOPS scholarships equally

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The House gave the thumbs up to a bill creating an across the board cut to all TOPS scholarships when the budget is short.

SB 470, sponsored by Sen. Dan Morrish, R-Jennings, passed out of the House with a vote of 96-7.

Under current rules, when the TOPS budget is short, students with the highest ACT scores keep their full scholarships while lower-scoring students lose all money.

"If somebody's got a 36 on their ACT, my guess is they're less worried about whether they're losing their TOPS because they probably have a full ride somewhere else, but for students that have a 21, it may be the difference between whether they graduate or not," said Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond.

Under the current House budget plan, about a quarter of students would lose their scholarships. However, the bill passed by the House Wednesday would allow everyone to keep TOPS and take a 25 percent trim.

The bill now heads back to the Senate for consideration of amendments.

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