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Southern University to increase student fees for 2018-2019 school year

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BATON ROUGE - Students at Southern University will be paying more when classes begin in the fall, after a five-percent fee increase was approved the Board of Supervisors Thursday.

University officials say the increase is needed to make up for a loss in state funding, which has been decreasing for the past decade. The increase will make up more than $2.5 million for the university. This will not only cover opening costs, but will also keep programs up to accreditation standards.

The fee should average out to be about $220 more per semester for undergraduates.

Daijah Long is a California native, and nursing major at Southern University. Earlier this week, she told WBRZ she chose to attend Southern because it was affordable.

"The cost was very low compared to other colleges," Long said. "It's already hard to get into college and pay for it, even with financial aid."

Music major Reginald White is concerned his classes may be purged if the fees are increased.

"I have never been purged, but most students get purged," White said. "That's when your fees are not paid, and you get purged from your classes."

White is on work study, but that may not be enough.

"I'm going to have to get another job," he told News 2.

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