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Aug 4, 2010 4:49 PM

Tuition boosted at Louisiana colleges

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 improved performance.

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.

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