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UL maintains ‘most affordable’ status in Louisiana

Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser, July 4, 2014

Despite the rising cost of attendance, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is still the most affordable four-year, public university in the state.

This is the fourth year in a row the university has received that distinction, which is based on the U.S. Department of Education institution-reported data for full-time, beginning undergraduate students.

UL’s affordability is something that Annie Perret, a junior business management major, is thankful for.

"It’s good to know that tuition is reasonably priced because I think it will encourage people to stay here and contribute to our city and state," Perret said. "I’m very grateful that it’s so affordable to attend a great university with a great athletics program and so many improvements happening."

Perret pays for school through TOPS, a university scholarship and help from her parents.

In addition to leading the state, UL is also among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States.

Each school’s affordability is determined by subtracting the average amount government and institutional grants and scholarships from the total cost of attendance to create an average net price.

UL’s annual net price to attend for the 2013-2014 school year was $5,891, with 86 percent of its students receiving grant aid.

One other Louisiana public, four-year university made most affordable top 10 percent list, Southern University at New Orleans, which has a net price of $5,911, with 88 percent of its students receiving grant aid.

The national average net price to attend a four-year public university was $11,582.

Christopher Fauntleroy, a junior sports management major at UL, pays for school through federal loans.

He said he has noticed increasing tuition costs and is happy to know that the rising cost of education is universal and not just happening at the local level.

"It’s good to know," Fauntleroy said. "I would have to pay much, much more to attend a name-brand university like LSU or somewhere in Florida. So hearing this is good news, definitely a good thing that brightens my day."

How other Louisiana universities compare

University of Louisiana at Lafayette: $5,891

Southern University at New Orleans: $5,911

Louisiana State University at Alexandria: $7,168

Louisiana State University at Shreveport: $7,367

McNeese State University: $7,499

Nicholls State University: $7,586

Southern University at Shreveport: $8,189

University of Louisiana at Monroe: $8,271

University of New Orleans: $8,509

Northwestern State University: $8,547

Louisiana Tech University: $8,557

Southeastern Louisiana University: $9,055

Louisiana State University: $11,676

Southern University: $12,183

Grambling State University: $13,644