BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — By the end of this semester, first-year college students who receive money from Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students will start receiving text messages.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1vyWSct ) the students will be reminded what they need to do to keep their scholarships.

Among those messages, they're likely to see unexpected warnings to keep their grade-point averages above 2.3 and to take at least 24 credit hours each academic year, which doesn't include classes that are dropped or failed; helpful tips on where to find tutoring help on campus; and gentle encouragement to buckle down for finals.

About 48,273 students received tuition through TOPS during the 2013-14 school year. Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance estimates that about 20,000 students will receive texts as first-year recipients.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

 

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