TOPS scholarship participation declining

Published: April 27, 2023

By: Gabby Jimenez, LSU Manship School News Service

State officials are trying to figure out how to remedy a decline in TOPS scholarship participation throughout the state. 

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, known as TOPS, is a merit-based scholarship funded by the state. The program offers scholarships to Louisiana residents attending public colleges, universities and vocational schools in the state. 

Kim Hunter Reed, Louisiana’s commissioner on higher education, spoke to the House Committee on Appropriations last week about the declining participation numbers during its meeting to discuss the 2024 fiscal year budget for higher education. 

As the number of high school graduates in the state has declined, so has the number of eligible TOPS recipients, Reed said. Acceptance rates for TOPS scholarships have also seen a decline, she said. 

Read more at The Ouachita Citizen

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