Jun 18, 2010 11:00 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A proposal to let Louisiana's public colleges raise their tuition up to 10 percent a year has narrowly won the backing of the state Senate.
If it wins final passage as currently structured, the bill would let public colleges raise their tuition up to 10 percent this fall, instead of the 5 percent already authorized.
The schools would have to agree to work on performance improvements, like increasing admission standards, improving graduation rates and boosting efforts to get students into jobs.
The proposal called the Louisiana GRAD Act would set up voluntary six-year agreements with colleges. They'd have to start showing demonstrated progress on the performance benchmarks by the 2012-13 school year or lose the tuition increases.
The bill heads back to the House for approval of Senate changes.