Graduate school tuition levels should stay flat for now, the House decided Monday. Legislation to increase university graduate school costs failed to garner a majority of the House vote, much less the two-thirds vote required for tuition increases. There was little vocal opposition to House Bill 872 by state Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, but many House members still voted against it or simply abstained from voting.
The LSU-backed legislation would have allowed for tuition hikes in graduate school programs, masterís of business administration programs and at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. HB872 excluded medical, dentistry and law school tuition. But the LSU and Southern University law schools implemented tuition increases last year with legislative approval.
Tuition amounts for undergraduate students already are scheduled to go up by 5 percent in the fall.