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LSUS is Ranked #1 in the State for Lowest Average Annual Cost by the U.S. Department of Education

October 14, 2015

LSU Shreveport has been named the top university for the lowest average annual cost in the state of Louisiana by the U.S. Department of Education.

The survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, the college scorecard, focuses on the salaries of graduates of the school and their debt to compile the list.

The average annual cost of LSUS is $7,436, which is lower than the national average of $16,789.

The most popular programs at LSUS, according to the college scorecard site, are Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Psychology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Education.

The college scorecard is an online interactive system that allows students and parents to search for quality-based institutions that are also reasonably-priced.

Dr. John Vassar, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said the scorecard allows parents and students a chance to look at schools objectively.

"Cost is something that every parent has to look at seriously. We are excited about this opportunity to share with parents what that value is," Vassar said. "Many of our students are working while they are attending class here at LSUS. That is something that not every student on other campuses get the opportunity to do."

Elizabeth Kemp, political science major, said choosing LSUS allowed her to have a great college experience without breaking the bank.

"That is a combination with TOPS and with the LSUS scholarships that they give to every student, and it just worked out beautifully. They make it so that every single student can afford it," Kemp said.

The college scorecard was established to provide students and families the ability to choose among any number of options based on their individual needs at the university or college, including location, size, campus setting, and degree and major programs. The scorecard includes five areas of in-depth looks at the particular college/university, including costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.

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