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Report: TOPS going mostly to white, wealthier kids

1 year 10 months 1 week ago December 10, 2014 Dec 10, 2014 Wednesday, December 10 2014 December 10, 2014 10:25 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Awards from Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program have gone disproportionately to white students over the last decade, and on average to students from wealthier families.

Those are among details included in a report being released Wednesday to the Board of Regents. Lawmakers sought the information as they worry about the skyrocketing price tag of the program, which costs $250 million this year.

The report shows that between 2003 and 2014, 79 percent of the TOPS recipients were white and 58 percent were female. The average household income for students who received the free college aid during the same time period ranged from $70,000 to $99,000.

Despite concerns about cost, TOPS is so popular that legislative efforts to make changes have repeatedly stalled. Supporters say TOPS has boosted college enrollment.

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