Louisiana's Commissioner of Higher Education toured colleges in Northwest Louisiana.

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed stopped by Louisiana State University Shreveport, Southern Univeristy Shreveport. and University of Louisiana Monroe to speak with school leaders and students.

"We cannot do good policy if we stay in Baton Rouge," Reed said. "We need to visit the communities and hear directly from the individuals who are doing this work and the students who are benefiting from the education."

She said she's glad TOPS funding was not cut and that Go Grant funding was increased.

"We need to make sure that for our students education is affordable," She said. "In order for it to be affordable, we need a stronger merit program and we needs a strong need-based-aid program. Those need to go hand-in-hand. Financial aid in Louisiana must be predictable. It must be stable. And so, we look forward to continuing conversations on how to do that for our students."

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