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LSU president touts university value for students

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LSU President and Chancellor King Alexander says the state's flagship university is a better value for students than many of its high-cost peers around the nation.

Alexander said Monday that LSU's main campus in Baton Rouge charges tuition and fee rates that are 25 percent below the national average. He says surveys show its graduates have starting salaries that are as much as 15 percent higher than its peer universities.

The new president is using that affordability and value pitch to try to attract new students to the school, by promoting it as a low-cost, high-quality university.

Alexander told the Press Club of Baton Rouge that only 37 percent of LSU's students graduate with debt from student loans, while the national average approaches 70 percent.

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