LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - After months of budget cuts and spending freezes McNeese, and many Louisiana universities are having to find new ways to fund operations. This semester McNeese increased tuition by $180. University Assessment fees dropped by $34 and Student assessment fees, voted on by the students, went up by $54. Louisiana students attending McNeese will see a total increase of $200.
"Lots of institutions, just about all of them are taking a fresh look at their tuition and fee charges," said Toby Osburn, Dean of Student Services.
But sometimes those fees can look deceiving. On the bill it shows up as a student basement fee. These fees are voted on and passed by the students. But, where does that money go?
"The university newspaper, the fee that is given to the rodeo club, the cheerleaders, the spirit groups, the organizations fee, the student government association fee, the student Union board. All of these are bundled in together into a couple of broad categories," said Candace Townsend with McNeese State University.