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High school seniors speak out about TOPS cuts

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 February 12, 2016 5:19 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Vinsanau

BATON ROUGE - Decision day for Louisiana high school seniors might have gotten more difficult Thursday.

While the TOPS crisis is at least partially cleared up for now, students are worried that the money won't be there for their entire college career.

"I can't stay at a college that I don't have money to go to," McKinley High senior Bri'yonna Collins said.

Seniors at Baton Rouge High are in the same boat.

"Although a lot of students here at Baton Rouge High are considering out-of-state schools," Baton Rouge High senior Samhita Roa said. "LSU is definitely on our list, and I would say a primary reason is TOPS."

Baton Rouge High college advisor Sean Borders said he was in shock when he heard the news.

"We generally send about 65 percent of our kids to LSU, and probably another 20 to 25 percent to other public in-state colleges."

Now his seniors, and all others across the state, are reconsidering where they will spend their next four years.

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