Feb 27, 2013 8:52 AM by AP/CS
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors has approved a 10 percent tuition hike at all nine of their campuses for the 2013-14 school year.
The Advocate reports the average increase for in-state students will be $546, bringing a year's tuition to about $6,103. That's 81 percent of the $7,390 southern regional average for tuition, said Edward Litolff, the system's vice president for budget and finance.
The tuition increases approved Tuesday are contingent on each campus passing performance goals, including improved graduation and retention rates, listed in the 2010 LA GRAD Act.
Approval of the tuition increases are now regarded as a formality in Louisiana as college funding has flipped over the past five years from being primarily funded by the state, to now where students bear the brunt of the burden.
Beatrice Baldwin, the system's vice president of research and performance assessment, said she expects all nine campuses to meet their GRAD Act targets when they are announced by the state later this year.
The UL System is the largest in Louisiana with 90,000 students at the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Southeastern University in Hammond, Grambling State, Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Nicholls State in Thibodaux and McNeese State in Lake Charles.