Grambling State declines student fee increase

GRAMBLING, La -- - For Rick Gallot, raising student fees may be the right move for other universities, but not Grambling State University.

"At this point we really are at a breaking point with the students that we serve," Gallot said.

He believes this is the wrong time.

"They just quite frankly cannot absorb yet another fee it just would be very difficult."

Some may disagree with the move but  the students couldn't be more relieved.

"It was just more about the students and less about the money," graduate student, Preston Nelson, said.

"It shows that our president does actually care about the students,"  Sivram Jackson, another Grambling grad student, says.

"It's a lot off stress of my parents' back," freshman D.J. Rabb said.

Nia Pressley says Gallot gets her vote of confidence going into the future.

"I have a lot more confidence because i know that he's not just looking out for the institution but he's looking out for my pocket," she said.

Gallot is passing up on money, something that can go towards helping Grambling keep building it's strong momentum from the last school year.

"We'll continue to tighten our belt buckles like everyone else is and try to make sure that we're doing the absolute best that we can with the resources that we do have," Gallot said.

However, with a new fundraising campaign he's hoping alumni will rise to the occasion.

"I've heard from many of them and you know followed some of the traffic on some of the social media sites from our alums who you know are accepting the challenge,' Gallot said.

One thing is for sure he has the support of the people.

"It says it in the hash tags you see everywhere we are "GramFam" this is a family and that definitely speaks volumes to what a family is and what a family does," Pressley said.

"It sets the tone of we're only going up and we can't look back," Nelson said.

 

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