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MS community colleges expect tuition hike by fall

Average tuition is expected to rise to $2,377 annually, which is an increase from $2,247 in the 2012-2013 school year for community colleges across Mississippi.

Dr. William Lewis, president of Pearl River Community College, says operating expenses continue to rise, which is why tuition costs will be higher in the fall.

"One example is our utility charges. As you know, that's going up about 15 percent for most of us," Lewis said.

"Our utilities were estimated to rise to between $125,000 and $150,000 next year."

While PRCC received funding from the Mississippi Legislature this year, none of that money was dedicated for operational expenses, according to Lewis.

"It was dedicated to things like retirement benefits for our employees, or to help pay for retirement," Lewis said.

This is the first time students at PRCC have seen a tuition hike in over a year.

"It's been a couple of years since we had an increase. Our increase here at PRCC is modest."

The increase at PRCC is $125 per semester, which puts tuition at PRCC at around $1,225 a semester.

Dr. Lewis says he regrets the increase, but that's what needs to be done to keep operations running smoothly.

He suggests that students who are embarking upon a college career should make it a point to schedule meetings with financial aide counselors while planning financially as much as possible.

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