Costs to grow again for LSU students

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State University is again raising student fees at its main campus by 5 percent.

The price hike approved Friday drew worries the consistent, annual increases could price some students out of school.

Campus leaders say the $282 per-semester fee hike for full-time students and the $14 million raised by it is needed for pay raises and other expenses. They say they're trying to keep pace with peer institutions and make up for nearly a decade of state financing cuts.

But even as they backed boosted charges on students, some LSU Board of Supervisors members worried the fees are growing too burdensome for lower- and middle-class students and their families.

Fees were raised a similar amount last year and the charges aren't covered by the state's TOPS tuition aid program.

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