Jun 29, 2010 2:40 PM by Veronica White

Students Get False Rejections for College Funds

Some Lafayette students starting college in the fall on a TOPS scholarship received false rejection letters in the mail last weekend.

This left their families worrying about paying for school.

Bob Martin and his son Aaron were shocked to get a rejection letter from tops:

"We were like ‘what?' A culmination of 12 years of hard work and to be thrown away like that? It's not right. That's 3000 dollars a year," says Bob.

TOPS offers scholarships when students meet certain academic requirements.

After Aaron's guidance counselor went over his records, and talked to other families, they realized several at Comeaux High and other area schools were falsely denied.

They worried they would not get the money.

The Lafayette Parish School Board apologizes for their mistake and said the problem is being fixed.

Harriett Taylor, the Director of Student Services, says: "I know there are many parents in the community who are extremely concerned because yes, rejection letters did go out, but yes it has been fixed."

LPSB did not send transcripts to TOPS until June 24th-9 days late-because they say they had issues with a new computer system.

The rejection letters, however, had already been mailed.

"What's going to happen now is every Tuesday TOPS pulls from the state any changes that have been made. They will automatically generate acceptance letters," says Taylor.

So, qualifying students will get their hard-earned college funds.



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