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Keeping Up With TOPS

Low Funding and Higher Fee Schedules Could Create a Financial Pitfall for Students

LSU Shreveport students affected by the frivolous state of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) due to this year’s budget cuts should take caution during enrollment for Spring 2017.

As of now, the preliminary funding for TOPS for the Spring 2017 semester is at 47.63 percent according to the LSU Financial Aid and Scholarships website. This number is tentative and is subject to change.

Should the funding levels remain unchanged and tuition increases, students may face higher debts. Federal student loan options are available to those who qualify. Programs like Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and others serve as alternative to state scholarships.