Area colleges allowed to raise tuition

Area colleges allowed to raise tuition

POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 5:34pm

The Board of Regents gave almost every public university the green light to raise tuition under the Grad Act, including LSU, Southern, and BRCC, which could raise tuition by ten percent

The Grad Act was put in place back in 2010 by the Louisiana State Legislature.

It required schools to meet certain achievement requirements in order to raise tuition to keep state money.

Jim Purcell, the Commissioner of Higher Education says he's pleased with the schools’ performance.

“What we saw was the institutions really keeping their eye on the price,” stated Purcell. “The thing about the Grad Act is to make students become more successful, help schools increase retention/graduation rates and have more students come back to college and graduate.”

LSU - Eunice didn't meet the performance guidelines, which means they can't raise tuition, and a part of state funding will be held back until they get back on track.

Southern University - Shreveport also didn't meet requirements. They say they'll appeal.

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