The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces the expansion of their Louisiana Legacy Scholarship. Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. DeWayne Bowie says the scholarship is designed to bring out of state students with Louisiana ties back to the state. He says the scholarship covers out of state fees for these students.
“Under normal circumstances, they would be paying that non-resident fee, which amounts to about $6,800 extra per semester. They’re not charged that part so that’s a huge saving,” Bowie said.
Bowie says the scholarship is typically for out of state students with parents who graduated from UL Lafayette, but they’ve expanded it to children of alums of any Louisiana university. He says even though many Louisiana alum end up leaving, some of their children still consider the Bayou State home.
“Now they’re out of state and they want to come back, but that added cost that you have on top of the regular in state tuition, it may be a barrier to them to be able to return to a Louisiana school,” Bowie said.
Bowie says they’re optimistic that even in the face of rising tuition and cuts to higher education, this scholarship could attract more out of state students back to Louisiana.
“We have programs here, different degree programs, that are not only tops in our state but also tops in the nation and competitive worldwide,” Bowie said.