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Nicholls students will see an increase in fees this semester

Nicholls students will see an increase in fees this semester

Nicholls State University will increase student fees this semester to help offset a nearly $500,000 state budget cut, officials said.

“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 Bruce Murphy said in a news release. “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 Legislature funded higher education at the same level as last year, officials said, but a change in the state Board of Regents' funding formula has resulted in a $483,251 cut for Nicholls.

As a result, the university has added a $15.18-per-credit-hour fee, capped at 12 hours. That equates to $182 per semester for a full-time student.

Thanks to a decrease in energy costs, students will see a decrease in existing fees of $26 per semester.

Nicholls has not raised tuition in two years, and it remains the lowest among the nine campuses that are part of the University of Louisiana System.

In dollars, Nicholls also had the third-lowest fee increase in the system, with most students paying less than $200 more per semester.

All told, mandatory tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate -- a student taking 12 credit hours, usually four classes -- will total $3,638 for the coming fall semester. Of that, $2,461 is tuition; the rest, $1,177, are fees.

Two program-specific fees will also be added this fall to help expand the Nicholls nursing programs as well as the master of business administration program, officials said.

As was published in the Daily Comet, the university will charge 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.