Historically Black four-year universities in Louisiana are getting some help in their efforts to boost enrollments. The Louisiana legislature has passed legislation that lowers tuition for students from outside of Louisiana who want to attend Grambling State University, Southern University in Baton Rouge, and Southern University in New Orleans.
Another bill passed by the legislature exempts HBCUs from the states GRAD Act requirements. Students in Louisiana who require remedial work to get them up to speed for college-level work are required to attend community colleges before they can enroll in four-year universities. But now these students will be able to enroll at four-year HBCUs. This provision will be for a two-year trial period.
Grambling State University estimated that the new legislation will result in a boost of enrollments by 300 students this fall.