BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge metro area ranks No. 1 in the nation in its rate of AIDS cases after ranking second the past two years. That's according to 2010 data released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Baton Rouge has a rate... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said he'll oppose any efforts to limit grants in the state's free college tuition program called TOPS, a recommendation backed by a higher education study panel earlier this week. The Governance Commission suggested a restructuring of TOPS, to give all students a... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new report says Louisiana spends too much on college tuition through the TOPS program for students who can afford college and short-changes those who can't. The report about the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was released by the left-leaning policy group Louisiana Budget Project.... more »
Some Lafayette students starting college in the fall on a TOPS scholarship received false rejection letters in the mail last weekend.
This left their families worrying about paying for school.
Bob Martin and his son Aaron were shocked to get a rejection letter from tops:
"We were... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Morgan City state senator's annual bid to cap the amount of money college students could receive through the free tuition program called TOPS has failed again. The Senate Education Committee rejected the bill by Democratic Sen. Butch Gautreaux without objection Thursday. The committee has... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A proposal to cap the TOPS scholarship program and funnel much of its funding toward need-based aid was soundly defeated by a state higher education streamlining commission. Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission member David Longanecker argued that the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students has largely become... more »
RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau says he remains a firm supporter of the state's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students or TOPS that pays tuition at in-state schools for high-achieving high school students. The program has come under the spotlight recently after LSU President John Lombardi... more »