Louisiana students may see more fees at state colleges

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Higher education system heads testify on funding needs to avoid substantial fee increases, employee furloughs or program eliminations in a Senate Finance Committee Friday. Pictured left to right: UL System President Dan Reneau, LSU System President F. King Alexander, Southern University system President Ray Belton and Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges President Monty Sullivan. Photo by Justin DiCharia.

By Justin DiCharia

BATON ROUGE — College fee bills are likely to increase to cover an $80 million cut to the LSU and UL system schools around the state, according to system heads.

Higher education system presidents testified before an education-friendly Senate Finance Committee Friday, highlighting the statewide contributions of each university and chastising the eight-year trend of divesting in state universities and colleges.

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