Schools were notified via email at 3pm.

According to KSLA, all TOPS payments were stopped immediately Thursday because of the uncertainty surrounding the state's budget crisis.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance alerted colleges and universities at 3 p.m. via email.

"Due to the possibility of state budget cuts, all TOPS payments are being suspended immediately until further notice.  More details will be provided as information becomes available," stated John W. Bell, TOPS Awards and Renewals Manager via written statement.

What this means is that every student currently receiving a TOPS scholarship may have to end up owing the remainder of the semester's tuition that isn't already paid.

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