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MGCCC Board of Trustees approves tuition, fee increases

PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees has approved a 27.78 percent full-time tuition increase. That's an increase of about $250 per semester, in addition to course lab, program fees and meal plan adjustments.

"Major reductions have significantly affected the budget resulting in many difficult decisions during the past few years in regard to tuition increases, program consolidations/closures and reductions in personnel," said President Willis H. Lott.

"It has become apparent that inequitable funding across the educational continuum will present unprecedented financial challenges that could potentially cause the fate of the institution to change dramatically."

Tuition for full-time students (12-16 hours) will increase from $900 to $1,150. Additional course and program fees will also be calculated in the total cost to attend.

Furthermore, students will pay $115 per credit hour above 16 hours in addition to full-time tuition.

There will be no increase in residence hall or book rental fees, and a five-day meal will be offered as an option to the seven-day meal plan with a 2.5 percent increase.

Scholarships and financial-aid changes will also have an impact on students in the 2010-2011 year. Eligible students are encouraged to contact the campus Financial Aid Office or the college website, www.MGCCC.edu, for specific changes and more information.

This is only the fourth time Gulf Coast has increased tuition in the past decade. Since 2001, community college legislative appropriations have declined from 47.85 percent of the budget revenue to only 34.06 percent.

For complete details regarding MGCCC's budget changes for FY2011, visit http://www.mgccc.edu/The_College/FY2011_budget.php.

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