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Louisiana Senate mulls proposal that doesn't fully fund the TOPS

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

A state budget plan heads to the Louisiana Senate today that doesn't fully fund the TOPS scholarship program.

The TOPS program would only be funded at 70 percent under the new House proposal.

With universities like LSU and UNO just about two months away from the first day of classes, some parents are left in limbo.

The house passed its budget bill yesterday that would generate $284 million to fill the $600 million budget shortfall the state currently faces.

In addition to TOPS, several state-funded entities such as medical schools, public schools and prisons would also see cuts.

On college campuses like UNO and LSU, anxiety is building.

During LSU's freshman orientation yesterday parents expressed a lot of concern.

“We'll certainly look at loans, you cut back on certain things to save more for education. You don't take as many vacations, or you don't buy a new car," said Peter Schneider.

The special legislative session to raise revenue ends on Thursday. That’s when parents should have a better idea of how much money will be available through TOPS.

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