Tuition and fees at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are going up a combined 20 percent this fall, the university announced Tuesday.

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors signed off on tuition increases last week for the nine colleges in the system.

The board approved a 10 percent increase in tuition plus a new general and auxiliary fee of $28.58 per credit hour for UL-Lafayette students.

For an undergraduate Louisiana resident, tuition and fees for 12 credit hours will rise from $3,436 to $4,128, according to figures from UL-Lafayette.

The tuition increase was allowed under the GRAD Act of 2010, which gave state schools more freedom to raise tuition without legislative approval if performance goals are met, and the new fee was authorized by the state Legislature in the past session.

UL-Lafayette officials said 10 percent of the new fees will go toward financial assistance for need-based students, and the university will increase merit-based scholarships.

UL-Lafayette officials noted the changes bring the school’s tuition and fees in line with Louisiana Tech University and the University of New Orleans, which are considered peer institutions.