Bill aiming to lure in out-of-state students heads to Senate

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — Higher education leaders are preparing to woo out-of-state students with lower tuition to help “subsidize” in-state students and their universities and better compete with peer schools.

House Bill 989, which passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday without objection, would allow higher education boards to lower tuition and fees for out-of-state students in an “economics of scale” effort to boost enrollment. It moves to the full Senate for debate.

Current law requires tuition and fees for non-residents to be at least equal to the average of other southern schools.

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