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    Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of budget

    The hurt on Louisiana residents from the budget situation continues...

    The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance alerted colleges and universities Thursday that they were stopping TOPS payments immediately because of uncertainty related to the state budget.

    “Due to the possibility of state budget cuts, all TOPS payments are being suspended until further notice,” said an email that went out to all TOPS eligible institutions at 3 p.m. “More details will be provided as information becomes available.”

    What that means for students and parents is that every student who is currently receiving a TOPS scholarship could end up owing the remainder of the semester’s tuition that’s not already paid.
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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    As a libertarian, I'm bracing for the backlash of people thinking they are owed TOPS for some reason.

    At the same time, this does suck, especially for those who were promised something that will be pull out from under them.

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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Here’s the classic Democrat playbook. If there have to be budget cuts, then make them the most painful and high-profile cuts possible so as to pressure the taxpayers to accept higher taxes.
    http://thehayride.com/2016/02/maximi...for-tax-hikes/
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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Dawg View Post
    As a libertarian, I'm bracing for the backlash of people thinking they are owed TOPS for some reason.

    At the same time, this does suck, especially for those who were promised something that will be pull out from under them.
    As long as you realize such libertarianism would destroy LaTech, which I assume you have benefitted from.

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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Dawg View Post
    As a libertarian, I'm bracing for the backlash of people thinking they are owed TOPS for some reason.

    At the same time, this does suck, especially for those who were promised something that will be pull out from under them.
    While I am a conservative/libertarian person, you don't do something like this in the middle of a semester/quarter. You also don't do this kind of drastic action on the budget on the eve of a special session and two hours before Gov. Edwards addresses the state on the budget. The governor is playing a giant game of chicken with the voters and betting that the voters and the Legislature will cave and approve higher taxes.

    If there are cuts to make (which there are plenty of areas to cut) and parts of the government to cut or eliminate (which is also true), you minimize the hurt in all areas so as to minimize the effect on the people. You don't take away student aid/scholarship money on the fly.
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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Quote Originally Posted by Guisslapp View Post
    As long as you realize such libertarianism would destroy LaTech, which I assume you have benefitted from.
    I'm a minarchist at heart, but I realize the govt is far too involved in too many things to change at any measureable pace. And so I'm grateful for the things that have been accomplished by govt means, while still believing that most if not all institutions we benefit from would be better off in private hands.

    That being said, if we view TOPS as a gift from the state (regardless of whether such a function could be fulfilled by an alternative agent), then that means that 1) you are not necessarily owed it and 2) once given, its a DICK move to take it back.

    For the record, I support things like TOPS. Even though I would prefer them to be handled by a different institution, that's just not the world we live in at the moment.

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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Tech enrollment will plummet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeggoDawgs View Post
    Tech enrollment will plummet.
    Has Tech cashed the checks for the South Housing, Engineering Building, and COB Expansion projects yet?
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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    Quote Originally Posted by TechAlum05 View Post
    Has Tech cashed the checks for the South Housing, Engineering Building, and COB Expansion projects yet?
    I'm not sure, Tech better scrape those expansions and change their goal of having 15K students in 2020 to maintaining current enrollment! With this recent act I don't know how my friends and I are going to make it to junior year next year without some loans or something. I guess I don't understand why cutting the funds to help young hard working Louisianans receive a education is considered more of a priority for cutting than the glorious welfare. This sick guy wants to hold our university hostage and scare people to get what he wants.

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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    If TOPS payments were already made for spring semesters at other universities and winter quarter for Tech, it will impact us sooner than the others (spring quarter). On the other hand, we likely submitted our "bill" for TOPS earlier for winter quarter than other schools did for spring semester, so...

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    Re: Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of bu

    From listening to Governor John Bel Edwards' speech to the state tonight:

    If you have to use the phrase "These are not scare tactics", you're probably using scare tactics.
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    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.s...medium=twitter
    Louisiana's higher education commissioner said all of the state's public colleges and universities will have to suspend classes immediately if the governor and Legislature don't find additional revenue by June 30.

    Joseph Rallo said in a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards budget chief, Jay Dardenne that the number of staff and faculty that would have to be laid off in the middle of the semester would result in the suspension of classes and a total shutdown of graduation this spring. The letter was sent Thursday (Feb. 11).


    The letter comes as Edwards opens a special session aimed at closing a $943 million shortfall in the state's current budget year.


    In the letter, Rallo goes on to say that the accreditation of all Louisiana public higher education institutions would be jeopardized and all campus construction projects would immediately stop. Students would receive "incompletes" on their transcripts for cancelled classes. College athletes, including football players, wouldn't be able to participate in sports next year because the NCAA doesn't allow students with "incompletes" to pay.


    Rallo also said the loss of TOPS funding proposed by Dardenne would result in nearly every Louisiana high school student paying most of their tuition to attend a public college. Currently, high school students who receive TOPS don't have to pay tuition to go to a Louisiana public school.

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