Happening Today: Students scrambling to fill TOPS gap

Happening Today: TOPS & tuition concerns

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - College students benefiting from the Louisiana TOPS program will get a better idea of how much they will be required to pay next semester.

Students who qualify for TOPS financial aid will need to find a way to make up for more than half of their tuition next semester.

Parents and students from LSU received a letter recently outlining just how much they'll lose in the funding cuts.

LSU students will only receive $1,559 in assistance in the Spring. That is down from the $3,800 they previously received.

They were offered a deferred payment option or student loans.

In July Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said cuts would be made affecting the way students pay for school.

"There are no easy cuts left. In fact, the cuts we've made have been very painful," Edwards said.

"Some people didn't even go to college that would usually go to college that I know and some people I know are getting jobs like me," said LSU student Shepard Thomas. "Some people are just going to depend on their parents to help them."

TOPS qualified students will see their financial aid cut from $2,800 to just over $1,200.

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