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Higher education boards closer to increasing tuition

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BATON ROUGE- State colleges and universities are one step closer to setting their own tuition rates without having to go to the legislature for approval.

House Bill 194 would allow higher education boards to raise their tuition without permission of the legislature passed 13 to 4 out of the House Committee on Education.

"What we're doing is not working. The way that we're funding higher education is not working. The way that we're allowing our management board to budget is not working," said Rep. Walt Leger.

The Board of Regents says this bill would allow colleges and universities to stay afloat when the state keeps cutting the higher education budget.

"This allows tuition to be stable and provide the support for the institutions to help students get the services they need," said Dr. Jim Purcell, of the Board of Regents.

Some lawmakers aren't convinced this bill will work.

I do not see it working. It's just going to put more of our families and their kids in a bind, trying to pay for higher education," said Rep. John Bel Edwards.



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