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Jun 3, 2010 7:18 PM

House backs tuition increase bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana's public colleges are moving closer to getting authority to hike their tuition costs, after the state House has overwhelmingly agreed to the proposal.

The schools would only be allowed to raise tuition costs for students, up to 10 percent a year, if the schools meet certain performance improvement benchmarks. They'd have to increase admission standards, improve graduation rates and improve efforts in getting students into jobs.

The bill, approved 87-13 Thursday by the House, is called the Louisiana GRAD Act. It is sponsored by House Speaker Jim Tucker and backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The proposal heads next to the Senate for debate, where it would need a two-thirds vote to pass.

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House Bill 1171 can be found at www.legis.state.la.us

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