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Changed TOPS eligibility rules approved by Louisiana House

By: - May 26, 2021 6:07 pm

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High school graduates applying for TOPS could have a grace period to take and submit scores from their college entrance exams and high school students who began homeschool relatively late could also become eligible for the scholarship.

SB 99, sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), would allow high school graduates who can prove they couldn’t take the ACT by April because of COVID-19 concerns to submit those test scores as late as September, passed in the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously.

Current law makes TOPS available to students who started homeschool instruction before the end of 10th grade.  Field’s bill would allow TOPS to be made available for students who started homeschool after the end of 10th grade provided the “approved home study program was precipitated by circumstances documented to be beyond the immediate control of the applicant.”

Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge), who brought the bill to the House floor Wednesday, said, “We’re trying to make sure our students aren’t precluded from getting TOPS because of COVID-19.”

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.