Bill raising higher-level TOPS requirements heads to La. governor's desk

Bill raising higher-level TOPS requirements heads to La. governor's desk

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill that will raise the GPA requirements for the higher TOPS awards is heading to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk.

The Senate gave final passage Wednesday to SB 329, sponsored by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, with a 32-5 vote.

The bill would raise the GPA needed to receive a TOPS scholarship to 3.25 for a TOPS Performance Award and 3.5 for a TOPS Honors Award.

Currently, students for both award levels have to have a 3.0 GPA when they graduate high school.

If signed, the new requirements would kick in for graduates in the 2020-21 school year.

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