Mississippi universities set to increase tuition by 4% in the fall

Mississippi universities set to increase tuition by 4% in the fall
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX/AP) — Tuition at in-state colleges in Mississippi will go up on average of four percent beginning in the fall.

All eight of the state’s public universities are planning on raising tuition. For the first time, the average cost for a full year of tuition and mandatory fees in Mississippi, excluding other costs, will exceed $8,000.

The statewide average for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees will rise by $312 to $8,120. That's for an in-state undergraduate.

Universities are getting 5.6% more state money next year, but still substantially less than in 2016. Increases range from 8.4% at Mississippi University for Women to 1.9% at the University of Mississippi.

Below are the in-state tuition rates for each of the eight universities. That number includes both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, as well as any activities and/or facilities fees. It does not include books, housing, meals, or any other additional living expenses. To see a more detailed report of expenses, including out-of-state tuition, click HERE.

  • Alcorn State University: $7,327, up 3%; includes $30 activities fee.
  • Delta State University: $7,671, up 5.9%; includes $120 facilities fee and $50 activities fee.
  • Jackson State University: $8,445, up 4.9%; includes $105 facilities fee and $70 activities fee.
  • Mississippi State University: $8,910, up 3%; includes $100 facilities fee and $10 activities fee.
  • Mississippi University for Women: $7,525, up 8.4%; includes $100 facilities fee.
  • Mississippi Valley State University: $6,746, up 3%; includes $20 activities fee.
  • University of Mississippi: $8,896, up 1.9%; includes $100 facilities fee and $10 activities fee.
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center: $8,728, up 3.5%.
  • University of Southern Mississippi: $8,896, up 3.2%; includes $70 facilities fee and $40 activities fee.

Most students pay less than the sticker price, but college costs have risen faster than incomes, and 58% of Mississippi students graduate with debt.

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