More tuition hikes ahead for state universities - - Jackson, MS

More tuition hikes ahead for state universities

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's eight public universities are relying more on tuition and less on state dollars than ever before.

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

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

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

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

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