By Kevin Shannahan
The situation is the result of the state’s contunuing budget woes. Faced with a budget deficit of over a billion dollars, the legislature did not fully fund TOPS for the first time in the program’s history. They “front loaded” the cuts, paying 93 percent of the full amount in the fall semester with the major cuts due in the upcoming one. Anticipated revenues did not amount to as much as hoped, meaning the cuts had to be implemented.
Dr. Jim Henderson, President of Northwestern State University and soon to be President of the University of Louisiana System, announced that NSU would protect current students from the cuts in TOPS funding by making up the difference. According to Dr. Henderson, the $3.5 million cost will come from money held back from an earlier tuition and fee increase and from what he termed “general philanthropic resources” such as the annual scholarship campaign. Dr. Henderson stated that the university had prepared for this eventuality ahead of time and had identified sources to cover the students’ lost TOPS funding.
Speaking of the students receiving TOPS at NSU, Dr. Henderson said, “We owe them the fulfillment of the promise of TOPS. They came to Northwestern State University on the promise of TOPS.”
Forcing the students to come up with the extra money would cause many of them to drop out or take on extra student loan debt, neither of which is good for the students of the university.
4 thoughts on “Northwestern State University: Promises Kept – T.O.P.S.”
There is a light at the end of their tunnel. Thank you, Northwestern!
Nice job by Northwestern State and the University of New Orleans on covering the portion of TOPS that the state is not paying. My daughter has several friends that are at NSU and I know they are happy and relieved.
There are no words that adequately express my gratefulness to NSU for what they are doing for our children. I could hear the relief in my daughters voice when she called with the news. Our children earned TOPS. They should honor their accomplishments. Thank you so much.
Mr. Shannahan’s note is spot on.
If you have benefitted in any way through NSU’s existence, you should contribute to the NSU Foundation. The address and phone number is below:
Please don’t wait. The University needs donations now……………….
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