Southeastern Louisiana University is issuing a promise to incoming freshmen not to raise their tuition, if they commit to completing their degree in four years. University President John Crain says they’re seeing students taking longer and longer to earn a bachelor’s degree, and the Southeastern Promise encourages students to graduate in four years.
“So if the students take advantage of that and they complete essentially a quarter of their degree program each year, that’s 30 credit hours, then we will promise to freeze their tuition and most of their mandatory attendance fees for up to four years,” Crain said.
Crain says as part of the Southeastern Promise the university will guarantee that students have access to required courses to enable degree attainment within four years. He says by guaranteeing that a student’s tuition will remain the same, it gives students and their families the ability to budget the exact cost of higher education for four years.
“We think that there are a significant number of students who will be motivated to do that. They’ll recognize, they and their families, that this is an opportunity to help control the cost of higher education,” Crain said.
Crain says this ground-breaking program is the only one of its kind of Louisiana and it will help with student recruitment and retention. He calls the Southeastern Promise a game-changer in Louisiana.
“It’s a win for the state because if the students get their degree in a more timely manner, that saves the state money, and it also means those students will be graduating and entering the workforce more quickly,” Crain said.