A bill is nearing final legislative passage that would allow universities to lower their out of state tuition in an effort to attract more students from neighboring states. There was concern about lowering tuition in light of the budget deficit. But Ruston Representative Robert Shadoin says bringing in more students could help curb those losses.
“If we recruit more out of state students than we have now, just the quantity will make up for any difference that we’re experiencing,” Shadoin said.
Vice President for External Affairs for the University of Louisiana system Rachel Kincaid this would also help universities bring in more international students. She says it’s a good way for the state to bring in more money.
“This is really an opportunity for the state to raise some revenues for the institutions and give them some additional support without charging the in resident students.” Kincaid said.
The measure has passed the House and it cleared the Senate Education committee earlier this week. Metairie Senator Conrad Appel sits on that panel and says out of state students would not take precedence over in state students.
“All of those efforts are not going to displace opportunities for Louisiana students,” Appel said.