The total operating budget (state funding and self-generated revenue) for the eight campuses in the University of Louisiana System essentially stayed the same this year despite the loss of $95 million in federal funding according to a budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors at its August meeting.  The UL System is last among the 16 states in combined state & tuition funding.

“Usually we would not be thrilled to have a static budget but knowing the fiscal realities of the state and the nation, our lawmakers and the administration really pulled through for higher education,” said UL System President Randy Moffett.

One notable difference in this year’s operating budget is a shift between the amount of university support funded by the state and the students. “With a long history of very low tuition and fees, the majority of operating revenue for Louisiana colleges and universities has come from the state. This year that changed due to declining state resources and modest tuition increases,” said UL System Assistant Vice President for Budget and Finance Edwin Litolff.

Even with tuition increases authorized through the GRAD Act, attending a Louisiana public university remains over $1,000 cheaper than the southern average. Additionally, Louisiana’s total funding per student, which includes both state funding and tuition and fees, remains last in the southern region.

“We are now entering our third straight year of doing more with less. That is not just less than what we have been operating with, it is less than our competitors outside of the state. Our university presidents and their teams should be commended for pushing through these tough fiscal times while consistently raising performance,” said Moffett.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Funding Comparisons

State Appropriations Per Student (Public 4-Year)
$6,178—SREB Average
(13th of 16 states)

Net Tuition & Fee Revenue Per Student (Public 4-Year)
$6,873—SREB Average
(15th of 16 states)

Total Funding Per Student (Public 4-Year)
$13,051—SREB Average
$ 9,186—Louisiana
(16th of 16 states)