POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — "I honestly came here because of the price," says Emily Raulston.
Raulston is a freshman business economics major at LSU. Unfortunately for her new school, the cost of that education has gone up. This semester alone it's increased around 14-hundred dollars per semester for every student. This is after the state's flagship university had to absorb more than $19 million in budget cuts this year. It's a trend that has seen universities and colleges across the state slash their budgets by more than a quarter.
"I feel like education is something that money should be put into, instead of cut from," says Raulston
Interim LSU President William Jenkins says that's not realisitic. Because of the continuing decrease in state funding for higher education schools need to streamline. That means focusing more on the programs they excel in and continuing to tighten their belts.
"If we don't start collaborating and cooperating and working together because the truth is none of our institutions in time are going to have the horsepower to provide everything to every student," says Jenkins.
One of lsu's newest students is Raulston's friend and fellow freshman Christina Ballou. If LSU can't provide her with what she feels she needs as a student and if tuition does continue to escalate, she's afraid she's going to have to find a new place to go to school.
"If that keeps increasing I won't be to afford to come here anymore. I might have to transfer to a state school or another community college at home," says Ballou.