Depending what happens in the legislature, tuition could rise for thousands of students at universities across the state.
Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a proposed bill which would allow universities to raise tuition without legislative approval.
"We're trying desperately to maintain quality and performance under very, very strenuous and challenging conditions," said UL Political Science Professor Dr. Pearson Cross.
In the last four years, higher education has felt the brunt of more than 650 million dollars in state cuts. Cross says it's unsettling as universities try to make up budget shortfalls.