I have to admit, I have a bias here, but, I also have some experience. Back in the dark ages, before I transferred to LSU, I had an Illinois state scholarship. It was based on acedemic performance on the ACT & SAT tests, and it wasn’t a full ride. I also had a job to cover the rest. When I came to LSU, financially I was on my own, and carried a full time class load and a job to pay my way through college. Here’s the deal for me: I like a state sponsored scholarship plan, but I like it to be based on true scholarship, not average everything. If parents, students and the legislature want TOPS to be awarded on 70% (C average) achievement, then 70% funding is fine with me.