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Aug 16, 2014 1:32 PM by AP

Nicholls president targets cost of college

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University President Bruce Murphy says Nicholls must do something to address the high cost of attending college.

The Daily Comet reports that during the semester that begins Monday, in-state students will pay $3,617 in tuition and fees, a 13 percent increase from last year. Graduating students last year owed an average of $30,069, higher than the nationwide average of $29,400, according to a national study.

Murphy says he is optimistic that Nicholls is becoming a better school.

For the first time in six years, the Legislature didn't cut higher-education funding and approved a plan to allow colleges to keep revenue from tuition increases.

Murphy also says he hopes the hiring of a new team of administrators will help in crafting a strategic plan to increase revenue-generating programs.

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