THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Since news of the state-wide budget cuts first surfaced in January, students, parents, and educators have fretted about the cost of higher education in Louisiana. Fortunately for current and perspective Colonels, Nicholls State University has the lowest tuition in the University of Louisiana System.
The university has not raised their tuition for the last two years, however a few fee increases are expected.
"Nicholls is sensitive to the rising cost of college and is dedicated to finding ways to control tuition and fees as much as possible," Nicholls president Dr. Bruce Murphy said. "We're committed to working with students who have financial concerns on an individual basis. Moving forward, we will continue to deliver high-quality, affordable and accessible public higher education."
The University added a $15.18 per credit hour fee, but capped the fee at 12 hours, resulting of an average additional $182.16.
State budget cuts resulted in an almost $500,000 fund decrease for the University.
Nicholls State also implemented an additional fee of $300 per semester for nursing undergraduate students and $350 per semester for nursing graduate students. Students enrolled in the MBA program will see an additional $50 per credit hour fee.
All fees will go directly to helping programs pay for faculty development, training, travel expenses, and improving facilities and technology.