Fee Bill Updates

Wednesday, August 5, 2020; 4:22 p.m.

Dear Students,

We know that many of you have questions about your fee bills and we want to take a moment to answer some of the more frequently asked questions that we’ve been receiving from you.

First, we are excited to be welcoming our students back to campus. All buildings, facilities, and services will be available to students. All courses, whether in-person, online, or a hybrid of both, will be taught by our world-class faculty. Students will continue their progress toward graduation. Many of you have inquired about refunds and discounts for the fall semester, and the reason we are not offering those is because LSU is still going to deliver to you the courses and the support for which you are paying. Even if some of your classes are online, rest assured that we will still provide the same high-quality education, and you will still be receiving your degree from the state’s flagship university. We will not sacrifice quality because of the pandemic.

In the interest of transparency, we want to let you know that your tuition and fee costs enable the university to be ready to operate on the first day of the semester. These funds are more critical than ever to LSU’s ability to function. Tuition and fees help us cover expenses associated with instruction, student services, and general university operations. Even though all students will likely have some hybrid or remote classes this fall, LSU will still maintain all buildings and facilities, and will still pay the faculty who are delivering instruction and the employees who are providing services to students. Your tuition and fees make this possible.

We also want you to know that we are committed to protecting your health and well-being as much as possible throughout the pandemic, but doing so also increases our costs. We have added technology to many classrooms to allow for online classes, vastly increased the amounts of cleaning and sanitation supplies to meet CDC medical cleaning guidelines, provided technology assistance to faculty who are now teaching online or hybrid courses, added signage to buildings to help with traffic flow and physical distancing, modified classrooms and buildings to provide for physical distancing and less exposure to others, and more.

We have also received questions from our out-of-state students about the nonresident fee, and we want to explain why that fee is applied to students who do not reside in Louisiana. Since LSU is partially funded by the state of Louisiana and its residents through a variety of taxes, a Louisiana resident pays a lower cost because they are also supporting the university through tax dollars. The nonresident fee is assessed in lieu of that tax support contributed by state residents and is unrelated to whether a course is delivered in-person or online. So, while you may be taking online courses, you are still earning course credit from LSU and working toward an LSU degree. Therefore, the nonresident fee still applies to students who do not reside in Louisiana.

We have also received questions about the LSU Online program, which is a distinct programmatic unit that operates on a separate calendar from the rest of the university. LSU Online consists of several shorter terms offered throughout the year, as opposed to the more “traditional” fall/spring/summer calendar. Courses are designed differently and program availability and offerings are different. Learn more at www.online.lsu.edu.

We realize that costs are an important issue to everyone – especially right now when all of us are feeling the effects of the pandemic. We pledge to do everything we can to keep our costs down and our quality high. For information on financial aid and scholarships for LSU students, visit: https://www.lsu.edu/financialaid/index.php. For information on payment plans for fall tuition, visit: https://www.lsu.edu/administration/ofa/oas/bur/registration.php.

Like you, we look forward to the day when COVID-19 is behind us, but until then, we will do everything possible to keep you safe and on track toward graduation. Please view www.lsu.edu/roadmap to learn more about our plans for the fall.

We hope this information helps answer some of your questions. We will continue to work diligently to provide you with a safe and successful fall semester, and we know that by working together, we can all get through this unprecedented situation.