Faculty and staff at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will receive a pay increase for the first time in six years.

The Daily Advertiser reported late Tuesday that hourly employees will get a four percent increase and staff will be given increases that average four percent, but that amount could vary based on merit scores from the previous academic year.

University president E. Joseph Savoie announced the raises, which were based on a formula established by the UL Faculty Senate, at a meeting of university employees.

Employees with the school last academic year will also receive a one-time $750 salary supplement, the newspaper reported.