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Jun 16, 2010 2:17 PM

Lawmakers approve tuition increase

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Students at public colleges around Louisiana will face higher costs this fall.

Lawmakers on the Legislature's joint budget committee agreed Wednesday to allow tuition increases of up to 5 percent on campuses for the upcoming 2010-11 school year.

The tuition increases are estimated to raise $31.5 million for the schools next year.

For students on LSU's main campus, the annual tuition increase will be $262, bringing tuition to $5,495, according to data from the Board of Regents. Students at UNO will pay $219 more a year, raising tuition to $4,591. Louisiana Tech University's tuition will rise by $205, to $5,326 a year.

Other schools' tuition hikes range from $74 to more than $200.

College leaders, meanwhile, are asking lawmakers to give them authority to raise tuition even higher. That bill is pending in the state Senate.

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