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Financial Aid

Edwards: Possible TOPS cut won't hit students this semester

Gov. John Bel Edwards tried Friday to reduce fears about the threat of cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, saying Louisiana students who receive the aid won't see increased tuition bills this semester even if financing is reduced.

The Edwards administration announced a day earlier that TOPS may get $28 million less than the funding it needs to cover all eligible students in the budget year that ends June 30 because of Louisiana's deep financial troubles. That caused an onslaught of worry from students and their families that college costs could unexpectedly rise this semester.

In response, the Democratic governor issued a statement emphasizing that colleges will...