Jindal to sign bill for higher fees

Gov. Bobby Jindal will allow Louisiana’s public colleges to raise new fees on their students, charges that will produce an estimated $18 million annually for campuses.

Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said the governor won’t veto House Bill 671, sponsored by state Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge.

Foil’s bill allows the state’s university systems to assess a new $48 per semester fee for building maintenance. It also authorizes the charge of a new $2,500 per semester fee for students in LSU’s digital media graduate program and new fees for LSU dental students.

The Legislative Fiscal Office said the building fee would generate $4.7 million for the LSU System each year, $7.2 million for the University of Louisiana System, $700,000 for the Southern University System and $4.9 million for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The other fees will drum up smaller amounts for the individual LSU campuses.