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.