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May 6, 2010 10:45 AM

Bill would allow college tuition increases

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal that state lawmakers give up their authority over college tuition and fee increases is getting its first legislative hearing.

The bill, called the Louisiana GRAD Act, would let schools substantially raise what they charge their students if the colleges meet certain performance standards. The House Education Committee is debating the measure Thursday.

Four-year schools would have to increase admission standards and improve graduation rates, while community and technical colleges would have to improve getting students into jobs. Remedial classes would disappear at four-year schools.

In exchange, schools could raise their tuition and fee costs without a vote of the Legislature by up to 10 percent a year until they reach the average of similar schools. After that, they could boost tuition by up to 5 percent a year.

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