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Task force to vote on proposed changes to TOPS program

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The TOPS Task Force is scheduled to vote today, February 7 on potential changes to the popular scholarship program. The vote on the proposed changes comes amid the recent funding threats and the programs near $300 million price tag.

Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings, task force chairman, is proposing changes to the amounts awarded to Louisiana high school students based on their GPA and ACT score. Morrish says that the state's best students, those receiving higher GPA and ACT scores, should receive more money for their achievements. 

His plan would also reduce the amount of money given to students who only meet the basic requirements of a 2.5 GPA and a 20 on the ACT. The award would be reduced to a flat $4,000 for the year which is below the $5,600 average for annual tuition rate in Louisiana

The changes, according to Morrish, would save the state $20 million a year, but some lawmakers oppose the proposal saying the changes could keep students from attending college

Read more on the proposed changes here.

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