Posted: Aug 4, 2010 4:27 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When students return to Louisiana's
public colleges this month, they'll be slapped with larger bills.
Tuition is going up between 8 percent and 10 percent at all
four-year campuses and two-year community colleges, under a newly
passed law that allows the hikes in exchange for promises of
College leaders say the tuition increases are needed to help
offset cuts that have stripped state funding from the campuses in
the last two years and to cope with reductions expected to be
levied upon them in a year.
Students say they are paying more but getting less as colleges
cut offerings, reduce services and lay off teachers.
With the passage of the Louisiana GRAD Act, the tuition
increases will raise more than $60 million for schools this year.