Students enrolling at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette will be facing a 20-percent tuition hike beginning with the upcoming fall semester.

With the approved tuition increases at eight of the nine University of Louisiana System's schools, the costs for a student to enroll in 12 hours of undergraduate classes at UL-Lafayette increases from $3,436 to $4,128.

The increases follow the implementation of the GRAD Act of 2010 which authorizes the tuition increases if the schools hit certain performance benchmarks.

According to the university's press release, the increases in tuition and fees help to move the school to be more on par with the Southern Regional Education Board's average.

Ten percent of the new fees will be allocated to providing financial assistance for some students. Other funds are said to be spent on academic resources.