More tuition hikes ahead for state universities

By The Associated Press

ITTA BENA — Mississippi’s eight public universities are relying more on tuition and less on state dollars than ever before.

More than 57 percent of general funds for the fiscal year that begins July 1 will come from tuition, while 37 percent will come from state appropriations. That’s according to budgets approved Thursday.

Despite receiving a 1.9 percent cut in state funding for the coming year, all of the universities’ budgets, except Mississippi Valley State’s, will grow.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the budget increases, driven mostly by tuition hikes and swelling enrollments, range from 10 percent at the University of Mississippi to .73 percent at Jackson State University.

The state College Board agreed Thursday to ask for a 10 percent increase in funding from the state Legislature for fiscal 2013.