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College Board Members Approve Increases for Eight Public Universities

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The state College Board has approved increases for room and board for Mississippi's eight public universities.

The increase, which is set to go into effect beginning this fall, will cover average single and double occupancy rates for on-campus housing, as well as hikes to university meal plans.

Campus housing for double occupancy rooms will average more than $3,700 dollars in the coming school year. That's $300 more than this current year.

The universities' most expensive meal plans will average close to$2,500 for the coming year.

In January, the College Board approved in-state tuition increases that ranged from 4.5% at Mississippi Valley State to 9% at Jackson State and Delta State University.

The increases are set to start this fall and again in the following school year.

University leaders said increases are necessary in this budget cycle, especially for room and board.

General fund dollars do not go toward the cost of maintaining residence halls or dining.

College Board members said Wednesday they would also work on a multi-year plan to map out housing rate increases for the coming years.

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