BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors has reaffirmed its commitment to tuition affordability, access to academic and workforce training, and workforce development by freezing tuition for the sixth straight year. In a unanimous vote at its last meeting, the Board approved a recommendation to maintain the current 2020-2021 tuition and mandatory fees schedule for the 2021-2022 academic school year.
This announcement comes at a time when many families are struggling to keep pace with the rising costs of everyday items and other necessities. “We are sensitive of the financial hardships that are impacting the people of Louisiana,” said LCTCS Board Chair Paul Price Jr. "Families are having to make tough financial decisions, and this action is our way of helping to reduce some of the financial burdens impacting families."
In addition to freezing tuition, the Board has also emboldened colleges to be more intentional with the use of their Institutional Aid, to continue waving online class registration fees, and to continue to grow and promote the Reboot Your Career program, which offers short term training at a deeply reduced rate.
LCTCS colleges are also offering new high-value and in-demand programs at several institutions starting Fall 2021. Some examples include Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in System Administration at River Parishes Community College, AAS in Fire Science at Bossier Parish Community College, Machine Tool Technology at SOWELA Technical Community College, Associate of Science in Teaching at Louisiana Delta Community College, among others.
"These additional programs provide an unprecedented opportunity for students to find high-wage, high-demand jobs at no additional cost," said LCTCS System President Dr. Monty Sullivan. "We are conscious of the impact of high tuition on our most vulnerable populations and we will continue to strive to remove financial barriers and create new viable career pathways for the citizens of Louisiana."