Students out of time to raise ACT score
BATON ROUGE- Students hoping to boost their ACT scores to save their TOPS scholarships have run out of time. The last day to take the test to qualify for the next school year was Saturday.
Before the latest round of state budget cuts were announced, students only needed an ACT score of 20 to qualify for the standard TOPS Opportunity Award. But the new projected cuts could mean students need a Composite score of 26.
Students who scored below 26 will not have an opportunity to raise it in time for next year. That means thousands of current and prospective college students are at risk of losing their scholarships.
This prospect has parents and students across the state stressed about how they will pay tuition in the fall.
"This was a promise given to these kids and now the state is letting them down," Jennifer Kidd, a high school teacher from New Iberia, says.
State lawmakers have just under two months to find funds for the program. An alternative plan to partially fund every student’s scholarship is currently making its way through the legislature.