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College Tuition Program (1997)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-09-19

Duration: 00:10:34

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | TOPS PROGRAM | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • McDonald, Charles Interviewee
  • Sciacchetano, Kathy Interviewee
  • Guinn, Jack Interviewee


This segment from the September 19, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on TOPS, the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students, which guarantees students four years of paid college tuition if they meet certain criteria. Her report includes highlights of Governor Mike Foster’s opening address to the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Chapa interviews State Representative Charles McDonald and Kathy Sciacchetano, student aid advisor. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Jack Guinn, the executive director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance. He discusses the TOPS program and the new START savings program.