College tuition goes up in Mississippi

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Mississippi’s eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4% next fall.

For the first time, the average cost for a full year of tuition and mandatory fees in Mississippi, excluding other costs, will exceed $8,000.

The College Board on Thursday approved increases for all the universities.

The statewide average for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees will rise by $312 to $8,120. That’s for an in-state undergraduate.

Universities are getting 5.6% more state money next year, but still substantially less than in 2016.

Increases range from 8.4% at Mississippi University for Women to 1.9% at the University of Mississippi.

Most students pay less than the sticker price, but college costs have risen faster than incomes, and 58% of Mississippi students graduate with debt.

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