Students rally at State Capitol in support of higher education funding

June 20, 2018 - 9:33 pm

(WWL.com) - Over a hundred students from around the state congregated at the state capital in an effort to let their voices be heard on the topic of funding for higher education and TOPS. Among them, Kayla English of Delgado Community College, says she has optimism for funding and hopes others will make their voices heard.

“The governor said there was enough in the budget to have higher education and health care funded. You know, tell them they want to fully fund higher education. Help students like me.”

Another participant, LSU SGA president Stewart Locket says the lack of funding may have students finding they can’t complete what they started with their educational endeavors.

“It will go into effect immediately.  Some people won’t be able to finish college.  I’ve gotten several stories saying, ’I wouldn’t have been able to attend college’ or ‘I won’t be able to finish college’ due to TOPS not being fully funded.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Gray, another participant at the event said it’s important for legislators to not look at students as anything less than beneficial to the future of the state.

 ”It’s important to invest in the students and not look at them as a cost. The higher education budget creates talent within the state which creates jobs within the state. They also are tax payers.”

The governor addressed the crowd on hand during the event

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