By The Associated Press
JACKSON – Tuition will rise about 8.5 percent, on average, next year at Mississippi’s eight public universities.
The College Board approved the increase Monday, finalizing an amount discussed last month.
In-state students taking two semesters of full time classes will pay an average of $5,906 in the 2012-13 school year. That amount will be $459 higher, on average, than this year.
Some students pay less than full price because of scholarships or financial aid.
Officials say increases are necessary because state appropriations continue to be cut.
Nonresident students pay more, as do students studying for professional degrees such as law or veterinary medicine.
Here are the costs of two full time semesters for Mississippi resident students next year under the newly approved tuition increases, along with the percentage increase:
• University of Mississippi: $6,282, up 8.5 percent.
• Mississippi State University: $6,264, up 7.9 percent.
• University of Southern Mississippi: $6,336, up 8.7 percent.
• Alcorn State University: $5,712, up 8.9 percent.
• Delta State University: $5,724, up 8.3 percent
• Jackson State University: $5,988, up 8.7 percent.
• Mississippi University for Women: $5,316, up 9 percent.
• Mississippi Valley State University: $5,628, up 7.6 percent