Louisiana House money panel agrees to tuition increase bill

Published 1:10 pm Tuesday, May 20, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House budget committee agreed to a measure that would boost tuition costs for college students around Louisiana.

The proposal is a contentious one at the Capitol.

Supporters say the schools need increased revenue to attract faculty, update facilities and offer a quality education. Opponents say many students can’t afford the tuition hike and the state instead should offer more dollars to the colleges to stave off higher costs for students.

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Under the proposals approved Tuesday, public universities and colleges could raise tuition from 3 percent to 5 percent each year for four years. The increase would be based on a formula that looks at how the individual schools stack up against their peer institutions in the South.

The measure moves next to the House floor for debate.