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Grambling students approve athletic fee

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Grambling State University's athletic programs will get a boost in the fall after students approved an athletics fee that will generate an additional $1 million annually.

After students voted against the athletics fee last year,  university officials launched an awareness campaign to show the need for another mandatory fee.

The fee will become effective in the fall. Each student will be assessed $100 per semester.

President Frank Pogue said the approval by the students will not only benefit the athletics programs but the entire university because years of underfunding have required the university to supplement the athletic programs.

Last season Grambling football players boycotted practices and the Oct. 19 Jackson State University game over poor facilities and equipment and ongoing financial issues within the athletic department.

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