By Samuel Carter Karlin
BATON ROUGE, LA. — Louisiana universities are eyeing tuition discounts for neighboring out-of-state students in an effort to revamp enrollment as those nearby states recruit Louisiana students who are uncertain if their TOPS scholarships will be there in the fall.
Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, filed HB 989 to make it easier for Louisiana schools to charge less than the southern regional average tuition for out-of-state students. Currently, out-of-state tuition and fees at public institutions must be at least equal to the average of schools in the Southern Regional Education Board.