Tuition rising 8.5 percent at Mississippi universities

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Tuition will rise about 8.5 percent, on average, next year at Mississippi’s eight public universities.

The increase was approved Monday by the College Board, finalizing an amount that was 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.

Students at the Mississippi University for Women will pay the least, $5,316. Students will pay the most, $6,336, at the University of Southern Mississippi. Nonresident students pay more, as do students studying for professional degrees such as law or veterinary medicine.

Cost by Universities

The cost of two full-time semesters for Mississippi resident students at Mississippi public universities next year under newly approved tuition increases, along with the percentage increase, and this year’s amount:

Alcorn State University: $5,712, up 8.9 percent from $5,247.

Delta State University: $5,724, up 8.3 percent from $5,287.

Jackson State University: $5,988, up 8.7 percent from $5,506.

Mississippi State University: $6,264, up 7.9 percent from $5,805.

Mississippi University for Women: $5,316, up 9 percent from $4,876.

Mississippi Valley State University: $5,628, up 7.6 percent from $5,232.

University of Mississippi: $6,282, up 8.5 percent from $5,792.

University of Southern Mississippi: $6,336, up 8.7 percent from $5,834