BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former LSU chancellor said people are looking at the TOPS college tuition help the wrong way.
James Wharton said that TOPS is actually an economic stimulus.
"The state is gonna get $63 in increased revenue earnings on the part of the people get their degree and that's the average," Wharton said. "When you're talking about chemical engineering, it's a heck of a lot more, they're gonna get $63 for every dollar spent on TOPS."
Wharton said that LSU also gets lots of federal money to help students attend college including Pell grants and work study subsidies. He said it all combines to provide tuition.
Wharton emphasized though that trimming TOPS will end up hurting the state's economy.
Wharton is a hearty proponent of TOPS as he now is on the board of the Pat Taylor Foundation. TOPS is short for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students which Taylor helped bring to live in 1998.