Southern University at the Capitol
BATON ROUGE- Today at the Capitol talks will continue about the budget and potential cuts to higher education. Lawmakers will talk about allowing state colleges and universities to set their own tuition, and possibly changing the eligibility requirements for TOPS scholarships. All of these proposals have the same goal in mind: balancing the state budget.
Today is SU day at the Capitol. Students, alumni, and staff from Southern University will travel to the Capitol to voice their opinions on some of the issues facing the state.
Across the board higher education could be cut by about $600 million. At Southern, that would take about $41 million out of a budget of the school's $123 million.
Southern says it would impact the university's enrollment, programs, and courses offered. The school is concerned these cuts will hurt the desire for students to seek higher education in Louisiana.
"At the end of the day it affects us," said True Brown. "It's going to affect all Louisiana students at the end of the day. Our education is on the line."
Southern University invites everyone to join them on the steps of the Capitol from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.