TOPS: MYTH vs FACT

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students across Louisiana received TOPS in 2015-2016.

MYTH: Raising requirements won't impact too many students.

FACT:

A large number of Louisiana students would lose free access to college if the ACT score was raised just one point.

MYTH: Public school students will be most affected by TOPS eligibility changes.

FACT:

More than a quarter of private school students would lose eligibility if the GPA requirement is raised just .25 points.

MYTH: Low-income students are already benefiting from TOPS scholarships.

FACT:

An increasing number of students from higher income families are receiving TOPS scholarships.

MYTH: Families can cover the gap in tuition costs so their children can go to college.

FACT:

For many low-income families, TOPS is the only way students can afford to go to college.

 

The gap is too much for many low-income families to cover.

MYTH: There are many other funding options for low-income students.

FACT:

TOPS is funded at a much higher rate than needs-based scholarship programs.