Tuition increase approved by lawmakers

BATON ROUGE - Students at public colleges across the state will face higher a tuition increase starting this fall.

Lawmakers on the Legislature’s joint budget committee agreed Wednesday to allow campuses to increase tuition up to 5 percent for the upcoming 2010-11 school year. The increases are estimated to bring in an additional $31.5 million for the colleges next year.

The governing boards for the LSU System, the University of Louisiana System, the Southern University System and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System ahd approved increases earlier this year but had to await legislative approval for them to take affect.

According to data from the Board of Regents, LSU’s main campus will see a tuition increase of $262, increasing tuition to $5,495. Students at UNO’s tuition will now be $4,591 with a $219 increase per year. And Louisiana Tech students will see a $205 increase, raising tuition to $5,326.

Other schools’ tuition increases range from $74 to more than $200.

There is currently a bill pending in the state Senate that would allow college leaders to raise tuition as they see fit without legislative approval.

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