College tuition hike bills scrapped for session
BATON ROUGE - Attempts to raise tuition at Louisiana's public colleges appear dead for the session, despite concerns about repeated rounds of cuts to schools.
Rep. Walt Leger, the number two ranking member of the House, said Wednesday he's shelving his proposal to let the campuses raise tuition according to a plan devised by the Board of Regents.
Leger says he doesn't have the two-thirds support required to pass the bill. A proposal to remove the legislative approval tuition requirement failed in the House on Tuesday.
Leger says efforts to raise tuition rates are done for the current legislative session.
He said lawmakers worried about the impact on the free college tuition program called TOPS, about shifting costs to students and that tuition increases will encourage further cuts to state financing for colleges.
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