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How will lawmakers curb TOPS spending?

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BATON ROUGE – The House Education Committee met Wednesday to feel out plans to curb TOPS spending.

Lawmakers tossed out some ideas but didn’t agree on any one plan. One proposal would raise the minimum grade point average requirement from 2.3 to 2.5. Another plan would require students to pay back some of their scholarship if they quit school.

Committee Chairperson Nancy Landry said lawmakers are trying to make TOPS sustainable.

“It’s not just here for students this year and next year but for future generations of students,” Landry said.

Landry said lawmakers were likely to rally behind a senate bill that would cap the TOPS program and prevent it to grow without legislative approval. Currently, the program automatically grows every year as college tuition increases.

If the senate bill passes, students could start paying a small portion of their tuition starting in a few years. That bill is up for debate Thursday.

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