University student fees on the rise

Monroe, La-- - Bryonna Fraley is spending her summer working at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

The ULM student said she has to because come this fall, she will have to come up with a few thousand dollars to cover her tuition.

Now on top of this, she and other college students here and across the state will have to pay even more to go to college. 

"At first I thought it was minor, but knowing this is my fifth year and I would have to pay out of financial aid it's kind of shocking and disappointing," Fraley said.

Schools across the state, including ULM and Louisiana Tech, have hiked their student fees.

It's a change Fraley said she's not excited about. 

"I feel like this is more of a business decision than something to help our well being," Fraley added.

ULM's Chief Business Officer Bill Graves said the costs to run the school have increased over the past year. Therefore, the university had to raise student fees to maintain the college. 

"28-percent of our budget right now or next year's budget will come from state appropriations, which only leaves us our only option when we have these additional costs to come in is to increase tuition and fees," Graves said. 

Full-time undergraduate students at ULM will have to pay on average an extra $100 per semester starting this fall. At Louisiana Tech it's an extra $140 per semester. 

Graves said these costs will help pay for the health insurance and retirement benefits for the university's faculty and staff. 

"We don't have to go in and make cuts. We can continue to offer the same level of academic programs as well as service of students," Graves added. 

As for students, like Fraley, any increase is a challenge. She said she already has to take out a loan to finish, because she no longer has the state's TOPS scholarship. 

"The pressure would be put on me once I get out of school and I'm paying off those loans... but it is increasing and I would say that is a sign that it will increase in the future." 

 
 

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