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LSUS not implementing increase in Academic Excellence Fee

SHREVEPORT, La. - Press release - Chancellor Larry Clark announced Friday that the University has decided to not implement the increase in the Academic Excellence Fee for students for this fall.

The fee was approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors back on June 22.

LSUS was approved to raise the fee from $10 to $16.67 per credit hour for a max of 12 hours (resulting in an increase in revenue for LSUS of $340,170).

The University will still implement a small $.83 per credit hour fee increase dedicated to campus safety
improvements requested by students.
Clark stated that the decision to forego the approved Academic Excellence Fee increase was primarily influenced by Governor John Bel Edwards and the legislature achieving a new state budget without further cuts to public higher education.

Clark said, “LSUS is grateful that there were no further state budget cuts. As a result, we have decided to forego the approved Academic Excellence Fee because of the significant challenges of affording college faced by so many of our students, especially our many first generation to college and/or working students."
Former two term SGA President and LSUS Student, Dennis Henderson said, “The action our Chancellor has taken by not implementing the increase continues to show his understanding of the plight students face regarding the cost of college. This solidifies him as a true advocate of the student body.”
LSUS will continue to strive for excellence in the classrooms while minimizing the costs to its students.


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