Edwards Agrees To Let Louisiana Colleges Set Their Own Fees

Gov. John Bel Edwards

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's colleges and universities can still set — and raise — their own student fees.
         The schools' governing boards have had that fee-hiking ability, but it was set to expire on June 30. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill that continues the authority to set and modify fees until mid-2020.
         The four college management boards will have to report their fee changes each year to state lawmakers, under the new law sponsored by Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Hammond Republican.
         Edwards' office announced the bill signing Tuesday evening.
         Several higher education leaders have said they may raise some fees for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, even though they will escape budget cuts for the first time in nearly a decade.


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