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Task force suggests changes to tuition and TOPS

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Posted: Dec 11, 2013 2:52 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Task, Force, Tuition, Changes, TOPS

BATON ROUGE- A study panel is recommending that lawmakers give up their authority to control college tuition costs and put limits on the state's free college tuition program called TOPS.

The suggestions were approved Wednesday by a group of higher education leaders and students, called the Tuition Task Force.

They have been looking at college tuition policy since October.

The recommendations will be submitted to lawmakers for consideration in the next legislative session. But the ideas aren't new, and many of them have been rejected by the Legislature in prior years, so it's unclear if they'll get renewed traction.

The task force says tuition control should be given to university boards rather than lawmakers, and says TOPS awards should be a flat amount not tied to the price of tuition.

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