Belt Tightening Needed At Mississippi's Universities

There's an old saying, that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Now you can add a third item to the list: yearly tuition increases at the state's eight major universities.

It's getting to the point that Mississippians who aspire to higher education are really starting to feel the pinch. Some may have even canceled plans to go to college because of the cost.

State colleges have increased tuition 50 percent in the last seven years. And now those colleges want even more, an increase of another five percent this fall.

College officials say the money is needed for raises and to pay for the high cost of gasoline. This, after state lawmakers gave higher education more than $180 million additional dollars in the past two years.

Enough is enough. Some belt tightening is needed. In fact, the four year universities should follow the lead of the Community College system, and just say "no" to tuition increases.

It's a tough choice to make, but it has to be done. Otherwise, higher education for Mississippi students will become more of a dream than a reality.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager