BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state's top higher education board is asking Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers for an $87 million boost in college funding next year.

The Board of Regents approved its 2014-15 budget request Wednesday, to be forwarded to the governor's Division of Administration.

Regents' proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 comes after six years of budget cuts that have stripped $690 million in state financing from Louisiana's colleges. Tuition has filled only part of the gap.

The higher education request includes a $36 million base increase for two-year and four-year campuses, $17 million for specialized programs like the law schools, $4 million for research facilities and $30 million to reduce the backlog for high-demand programs.

Jindal won't unveil his 2014-15 budget recommendations to lawmakers until early next year.

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