Students react to TOPS suspension

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - For Shanterica Hardy choosing a school in Louisiana was a no-brainer after receiving the TOPS scholarship, which only applies to schools in Louisiana.

"If i wouldn't have received TOPS I would have went to Baylor University in Texas for nursing, but since I worked so hard in high school for TOPS I decided to go to ULM," says Hardy.

But now Hardy may be doubting if she made the right choice, as Governor John Bel Edwards says budget problems do have the potential to hurt students directly. As of right now, TOPS for next year is only 25 percent funded.

"It's overwhelming to think that they are taking it away after some many kids worked so hard to get it in high school, it's like everyone's hard work is going down the drain," says Hardy.

She is not the only one who is worried.

Justin Bordelon also goes to ULM and has only one year left.

"It's awful I mean every opportunity I had to come to a university was because of TOPS and with it being taken away, it's kind of hard for me to figure out how I'm going to continue my education," says Bordelon.

The governor says students will not receive any bills or lose any TOPS awards this semester, but come August that could be a different story.

"There's the not so good option of option of dropping out of college and finding a job somewhere or there's the hoping I have enough money in student loans to continue my education until I'm done," says Bordelon.

The future of TOPS is still unknown, but Hardy and Bordelon say they are just trying to not worry about it yet. They hope their degrees are still an affordable reality.