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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. E. Joseph Savoie

    An Important Message from Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, President, UL Lafayette

    January 8, 2009

    Dear UL Lafayette Student,

    In December, the state mandated that UL Lafayette cut its current
    year's budget by $4.3 million due to a projected decline in state
    revenues.

    We have done that and we accomplished the task without negatively
    affecting class sizes, class offerings, academic programs or any
    other academic support function. Providing you a high quality
    educational experience is our primary responsibility.

    In addition to the $4.3 million budget cut, we expect a budget deficit
    of nearly $3 million this fiscal year in student auxiliary operations,
    which are anciliary student support areas intended to be financially
    self-sufficient. These include the Student Union, transit system
    operations, recreaional sports/activities, the health clinic and other
    student-related services.

    In the past, the University has managed to cover financial shortfalls
    in auxiliary operations from its own funds. Due to the $4.3 million
    budget cut, that is no longer feasible. The University of Louisiana
    System has recommended that UL Lafayette make its auxiliary services
    self-sustaining.

    Our options are to eliminate services or generate additional funds to
    cover these budget deficits. Because we believe that these services
    are vital to the overall educational experience of our students, we
    have requested and received approval from the University of Louisiana
    System to assess an additional student charge for auxiliary operations
    to be implemented immediately.

    Students taking four or more credit hours will be assessed an
    additional $100 for a regular semester (fall and spring) and $50 for
    a summer session. This charge is estimated to generate approximately
    $1.5 million for this fiscal year, to be applied to the projected
    $3 million auxiliary deficit. The University will cover the balance
    of the deficit for this fiscal year.

    We are very aware of the economic challenges that many of our students
    face. So, this was not an easy decision to make. But, this student
    charge is necessary for UL Lafayette to maintain vital student
    benefits.

    We realize this increase may create a financial hardship for many
    students. We are establishing a hardship waiver for students
    with special financial needs and will notify you with consideration
    criteria by Monday, January 12.

    Student costs at our University remain an exceptional bargain,
    compared to similar universities. In fact, UL Lafayette has one of
    the lowest tuition and fee rates of any university of its type in
    the southern region of the United States.


    2007-08 Tuition/Fee Rates of Comparable Universities in the South
    South $4,887
    UL Lafayette $3,402 source: IPEDS 2007-08



    Among comparable universities in Louisiana, UL Lafayette students
    pay the least amount of mandatory tuition and fees.


    2007-08 Tuition/Fee Rates of Comparable Universities in Louisiana
    LA Tech $4,622
    LSU A&M $4,543
    UNO $3,984
    UL Lafayette $3,402 source: IPEDS 2007-08



    We appreciate your support as we respond to economic conditions
    beyond our control. We share the same goal - your successful completion
    of requirements for an academic degree - and assure you that we are
    doing everything we can to keep tuition and fees as affordable as
    possible without adversely affecting the quality of your academic
    program.

    Dr. DeWayne Bowie, Vice President for Enrollment Management has been
    working closely with me and the other Vice Presidents on this matter
    and will be able to respond to your questions, concerns, or
    comments and will forward those to me so that I am aware of your
    concerns. He can be reached by e-mail at dkbowie@louisiana.edu or
    by phone at (337) 482-6287.

    I wish you continued success and a productive spring semester!


    I think that this is a great idea! Everything is true, I wish we could do something like this for athletics!

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    Good idea in trying times.

    Perhaps when the crisis ebbs they can roll the funds over into athletics.

    If not, how does $500 per semester for athletics sound? Then it would be.


    LA Tech $4,622
    LSU A&M $4,543
    UNO $3,984
    UL $3,902

    ps What happened to "We Are Louisiana"


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    Default Re: Just Received...!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by basketballjone View Post
    _ 400 dollars a year for athletics... 200 dollars a semseter... Whats 400 times the enrollment anyone can tell me? What is the erollment? _
    17k for the fall and usually around 16k for the spring

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    Default Re: Just Received...!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by basketballjone View Post
    _ 400 dollars a year for athletics... 200 dollars a semseter... Whats 400 times the enrollment anyone can tell me? What is the erollment? _
    It would be $6M if we had $400 worth of fee's per year with 15,000 undergrad students.

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    Ragin' Cajuns Re: President Savoie's tuition increase email (to students)

    Quote Originally Posted by BrudaCajun View Post
    _ I think that this is a great idea! Everything is true, I wish we could do something like this for athletics! _
    It's about time we raise our tuition to cover these services. No problem for me and my son at UL. That will just reduce his refund and give him less money to spend at the Bulldog.

    Shame we can't do it for athletics.

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