By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College leaders have decided to keep tuition level for the 2011-2012 school year.
More than 90 degree programs of study are available at the Booneville and satellite campuses in Corinth and New Albany, as well as online.
“What makes it possible is we’ve been careful with our expenditures and trying hard not to transfer financial problems to our students,” said college President Johnny Allen.
Tuition for Mississippi residents remains at $1,050 per semester and for out-of-state students it is $2,100 per semester.
Last year tuition rose 11 percent, from $945 per semester for in-state residents, after state funds were cut.
“There’s no new money from Jackson, but with a stable state appropriation and stable millage we will manage to pay our bills,” Allen said. “However, as the state reduces its support for higher education, more of us are going to have to look at tuition increases.”
Compared to nearby states, Northeast’s out-of-state tuition is quite attractive, said Lynn Gibson, director of enrollment services.
“We are finding that many students from neighboring states are coming to Northeast because of our low-cost tuition and our high-quality education,” Gibson said. “While many of those states are raising tuition, Northeast’s tuition is an affordable alternative.”