Mar 14, 2011 11:50 PM by Maddie Garrett

Tuition Hikes Worry Louisiana Students

Criticism quickly followed Governor Bobby Jindal's newly released budget plan. One red flag is tuition hikes for Louisiana colleges.

Included in Jindal's new budget is a spending provision of $98 million dollars which Jindal hopes state colleges will get through tuition hikes.

"I don't like it, I really don't. Because we're paying a lot already so that's more money that we might have to pay coming out of our pockets if we don't have scholarships," said UL student Micah Chatman.

The tuition and fee increases would come on top of $60 million in increased costs for students already set to take effect this fall for the 2011-12 school year. So Here's how it breaks down:

-$75 million would be raised by raising the flat rate tuition for classes.
-$13 million would come from increasing an operational fee.
-$11 million would be raised by moving all community colleges to the highest tuition rate charged at a two year school.

"We've lost so much in budget cuts and then to have tuition on top of that it makes you a little frustrated," said Katie Whiting, a student at UL.

Jindal briefly addressed the issue at a groundbreaking Monday afternoon.

"This needs to be what's best for the students, this can't be about politics," he said.

Politics aside, many students fear they'll have to get jobs, or work even more hours to keep up with the cost of school.

"It's real hard, getting a job ain't easy. And then trying to study and work and study and work, and work and study. It ain't really what it is but it's got to be done if you want to go to school," said UL student Patrick Johnson.

Meaning students have less time to study because they're at work trying to pay for those classes.

"Working a lot definitely effects how much you do on campus and around the community and it also effects how much you get to study and actually do well in school," said UL student Ashan Zagrev.



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