By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tuition will rise by $75 each semester next year.
The increase recently was approved by the community college’s 15-member Board of Trustees. It will go into effect this fall.
Tuition for a full-time student and Mississippi resident will rise to $1,125 per semester. This hike is the first for Northeast since 2010, when it rose from $945 to $1,050.
“It’s never a positive thing when colleges have to pass more of the cost of attendance on to the students and their families,” Northeast President Johnny Allen said in a press release. “For the past few years the Legislature has asked our system to continue to provide a quality educational experience to the majority of college students in the state of Mississippi without increasing its support for those students and their educational endeavors.”
Allen said he made the recommendation to the board based on information compiled by the school’s fee committee that showed costs to operate the college such as food, fuel and employee fringe benefits had steadily increased over time.
Out-of-state tuition rose from $2,100 to $2,250 per full-time semester.
Northeast increased the cost of its meal plans to $787 per semester for the 15-meal plan, $964 per semester for the 19-meal plan and $284 for the Noon Meal plan.