BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southern University has become the last of Louisiana's four public college systems to raise tuition.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/MICY8m ) reports that a 10 percent tuition increase was approved Friday by Southern University Board of Supervisors.

In early May, Southern System President Ronald Mason said Southern had "no choice" but to approve an increase.

Full-time undergraduate students will pay $5,806 in tuition and fees this year, $628 more than what they paid last academic year, according to college figures. Nonresident Southern students will pay $13,138 for the next academic year, or $1,412 more than last academic year, according to the board.

Southern University, LSU, University of Louisiana and Louisiana Community and Technical College systems were able to pursue the 10 percent tuition hike under the 2010 LA GRAD Act.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com