LSU will not give tuition discount for virtual semester

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – After months of speculation, LSU has announced that there won’t be any tuition discounts for the 2020-2021 semester.

When the doors closed for the 2019-2020 semester, Kevin Doucet thought it was the best option to get LSU back on their feet. But time told a different story.

“It honestly gave me hope that by fall we’d be back on campus but of course you know coronavirus response relies on some many other things,” Doucet says.

Now that phase 2 is extended and cases are resurging, LSU has some students staying home taking online courses. What’s that mean for students like Doucet who have to pay for moving expenses and tuition for online learning? LSU says they’ll still have to pay the full amount. That includes nonresident fees for out of state students.

“The email pretty point blank says the we know you guys have questions and we know your question is will prices be reduced,” Doucet says. ” And the answer is no. But they knew they had to give us some reasons.”

In an email LSU assured students that the level of learning wouldn’t change. The email goes on to explain that money from tuition is desperately needed for the school year to continue. It will be used not only for faculty pay, but to cover the costs of additional sanitation efforts and instruction fees. Doucet says he’s not sure that this is the best route for students.

Students can choose to put down 10, 25, or 50 percent initially, then pay off the rest of the tuition in three installments. In the email the university says that if there are other financial problems, they can take it up with the student financial aid.

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