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University of Louisiana System announces flat rate tuition for Compete LA students

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Posted at 4:24 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 17:24:00-04

The University of Louisiana System announced on Tuesday a special tuition rate for Louisiana adults returning to school to finish their degree though Compete LA.

According to a release from ULS, a flat rate of $275 per credit hour will apply to students who qualify through the program, and this rate provides an average discount of $450 per course.

To qualify for Compete LA and the discounted rate, students must be Louisiana residents, have some college credit but no degree and stopped out of school for at least two years.

This comes after the University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced in April that it will move to flat-rate, per-credit-hour tuition for students enrolled fully online in undergraduate and graduate programs beginning in the Fall 2020 semester.

However, a UL Lafayette spokesman tells KATC that the tuition rate change from ULS only affects returning students enrolled in the Compete LA program who meet the criteria, and does not apply to all UL Lafayette students.

“This straight-forward pricing model not only offers relief in what it will cost to finish a degree but eases the burden returning adults experience when calculating costs to return to school,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said in the release. “What we have experienced the past couple of months will only hasten our entrance into the future of work. Louisiana can compete at the highest levels provided we have the educational attainment to adapt to a new reality.”

Compete LA, powered by the Universities of Louisiana, is designed to re-engage the 653,000 Louisiana adults with some college credit but no degree, the release states.

ULS states that Compete LA features adult-friendly degree paths throughout the System’s nine member institutions. Those include:

  • Grambling State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • McNeese State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • UL Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana Monroe
  • University of New Orleans.

Each Compete LA student is matched with a free coach to assist in identifying the best path to degree completion, re-enrollment, and academic success, according to the release.

ULS launched Compete LA last fall and has engaged more than 2,000 stop outs and will celebrate seven graduates in May, the release states. Those already enrolled through Compete LA will receive flat-rate tuition in future semesters.

Students interested in finishing their degree can apply at CompeteLA.org or through the program’s mobile app found in the App Store and on Google Play.

To watch Tuesday's press conference announcing the program, click here.

To read more about the flat-rate tuition resource kit, click here.

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