Louisiana Senators refuse to make TOPS grads stay or repay

BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) - College students who receive tuition payments through the TOPS program won’t face new residency or repayment requirements for their awards.

State senators Thursday rejected a proposal that would have mandated TOPS students live in the state for several years after graduation or reimburse Louisiana for a portion of their tuition costs.

Sen. Jay Luneau, an Alexandria Democrat, says TOPS was created to help keep Louisiana’s best students in Louisiana. He says his proposal was aimed at trying to persuade college graduates to say here as taxpaying citizens.

The Senate Education voted 4-2 to shelve Luneau’s bill.

Several senators say they understand Luneau’s worries about TOPS’ ballooning price tag, but they questioned his approach. They say the state doesn’t have enough jobs to offer some graduates.


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