Baton Rouge, La. – The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors announced today that the Board will not impose a tuition increase for the 2016-17 school year.

The unanimous decision was made during an Executive Committee meeting of the Board earlier today.  The Board’s action comes on the heels of this year’s second Special Legislative Session, where Governor Edwards and the State Legislature passed a budget that funds higher education close to the same level as the previous year.

New BPCC LogoThis marks the first time in five years that students will not face a tuition increase at Louisiana’s community and technical colleges.

“I want to publicly thank Governor Edwards and the Legislature for their hard work and commitment to the students and families of Louisiana,” said LCTCS Board Chairman Woody Oge.  “I am extremely proud of our Board for the action we took today.  After years of increasing tuition, the Board felt this was the right thing to do for our students.  Despite rising costs, we have an obligation to uphold our mission of open access and workforce development.  Today’s action will allow our colleges to continue focusing on the mission of meeting the needs of students and industry.”

In other tuition and fee actions, the Board approved two policy-driven fees based on national best practices, an excess credit hour fee and a compressed program fee. The Board voted to authorize colleges to assess a fee for programs that are delivered in a compressed timeframe to meet the immediate workforce needs of business and industry in high demand, high income programs.

This fee will incentivize colleges to develop innovative program delivery models, like the Associate Degree in Process Technology that is offered in 16 weeks at five colleges.  Five percent of any revenue realized from fees imposed by these actions will go toward need-based financial assistance to students.