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  • Edwards agrees to let Louisiana colleges set their own fees

    June 21, 2017 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's colleges and universities can still set - and raise - their own student fees. The schools' governing boards have had that fee-hiking ability, but it was set to expire on June 30. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill that continues... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to continue colleges' ability to raise fees

    June 5, 2017 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's colleges and universities would get continued authority to raise fees on students if Gov. John Bel Edwards supports a bill backed by state lawmakers. The schools' governing boards currently have that fee-hiking ability, but it's set to expire on June 30. A bill by Rep. Chris... more »
  • Mississippi House retreats from Confederate flag mandate

    March 13, 2017 8:57 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has halted a push to require that universities fly the state's Confederate-themed flag. Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman persuaded the House last week to withhold a tax break from universities that don't fly the flag. But a committee chairman pledged to kill the... more »
  • No penalty for furling Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

    February 21, 2017 10:10 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. All eight of the state's public universities have furled the flag in recent years amid criticism that it's racially insensitive in a state with... more »
  • Report: LSU rated best value for students in the state

    December 16, 2016 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU was rated as the best value among universities in Louisiana and the highest rated public university in the state. The university was rated as having the best value for students by SmartAsset , a financial technology company. Additionally, LSU was ranked 65 among Kiplinger's Personal... more »
  • Higher education leaders say they're not using scare tactics

    February 17, 2016 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher education leaders are pushing back at suggestions they are inflating the implications of budget cuts on their campuses. Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo told the House Appropriations Committee that public colleges face cuts of at least $70 million before the state budget year ends... more »
  • LOSFA to resume partial TOPS scholarship payments Play Video

    February 12, 2016 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana students worried that budget cuts might result in increased tuition bills this semester can breathe a sigh of relief for now as LOSFA says the office will resume payments of TOPS, at least in part, next Thursday. A Friday release from LOSFA marks a turnabout... more »
  • Over 80 colleges create website to ease application process

    September 28, 2015 3:40 PM

    BOSTON - More than 80 universities are promising to revamp the application process and make it easier for students and families. As part of a new coalition, the schools said they will create a website where students will be able to apply to many schools and get feedback on... more »
  • 5 La. universities win $20M manufacturing research grant

    August 3, 2015 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Louisiana universities are sharing a five-year $20 million grant to build a national consortium that supports advanced manufacturing research. The Board of Regents announced Monday that the National Science Foundation grant will be used to establish the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials. It's a... more »
  • 5 college institutions removed from negative credit watch

    July 29, 2015 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With deep budget cuts dodged by Louisiana's public colleges, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has removed five higher education institutions from a negative credit watch. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced the credit decision Wednesday. The move by S&P indicates the institutions aren't facing the short-term... more »
  • TOPS bill moves forward Play Video

    May 20, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislators want to make changes to the TOPS college scholarship program, but the governor's office won't stand for it. Sen. Jack Donahue (R-Mandeville) is sponsoring a bill that will put spending restrictions on the free-tuition program. Two Senate bills moved through the House Education Committee Wednesday. Next,... more »
  • Dardenne not ready to reveal higher education plan Play Video

    April 6, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne chose his former junior high school, Westdale Middle in Baton Rouge, as the place to launch a statewide announcement tour for his gubernatorial campaign. Dardenne is one of three Republicans in the race along with Sen. David Vitter and Scott Angelle. State... more »
  • Number of public school graduates entering college has risen

    April 2, 2015 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public high school graduates entering college rose 6 percent last year, the state's education superintendent said Thursday According to education department data, 22,972 high school graduates across the state's public school districts enrolled in college in 2014, an increase of 1,228 students from... more »
  • Universities face student dropout issue Play Video

    September 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Universities in Louisiana say they're taking steps to curb abuse by students who drop out of class right after receiving their financial aid. Southern University officials said it was a major issue a couple of years ago, but after new policy changes students can't just walk... more »

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