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May 6, 2010 12:53 PM

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 has passed its first legislative hurdle.

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 approved the bill Thursday. It heads next to the House's budget committee, where it is expected to face a tougher time.

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.

In exchange, schools could raise their tuition 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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