Effective last fall, all students, including commuters, must purchase a $175 per semester meal plan. It has drawn protests from commuter students who say they’re paying for something they don’t have time to use.
State Rep. Joni Jenkins is one of three lawmakers sponsoring the legislation.
“House Bill 305 outlines what fees public universities and colleges can charge students, and it narrows it down to academic base fees, and it specifically prohibits universities and colleges from charging mandatory meal plan and athletic fees to non-residential commuter students,” Jenkins said.
U of L spokesperson Mark Hebert say the university implemented the plan to pay for improved dining options requested by many students and to enhance residential life.
The university reduced the price of the plan by $50 for commuter students last summer in response to complaints.