Tuition is increasing at most of Mississippi’s public universities this fall.
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the increases at a meeting on Thursday. Jackson State University is the only institution that did not request to increase its tuition, so its attendance fee will stay the same.
In-state public university students will pay $222 more a year on average, a 2.8% increase from last year. Out-of-state students will pay $358 more on average, a 3% increase.
The average in-state tuition for the fall will be $8,219. The average tuition for non-residents is $12,273.
The university to increase its tuition for Mississippi residents the most was Alcorn State University in Lorman at 3.7%. The annual cost will increase by $269, from $7,297 to $ 7,566.
Mississippi State University in Starkville was the school to increase its out-of-state tuition the most. The 4% increase will move tuition $950 higher from $23,840 to $24,790.
In-state tuition in surrounding states was at least 25% higher than tuition at Mississippi schools during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019, according to data shared by the Institutions of Higher Learning finance committee via the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System.
For example, in Tennessee, the average tuition was $10,394 for in-state students in 2019, compared to $7,726 in Mississippi that year.
The average undergraduate student in Mississippi owes $36,700 in student loans, according to EducationData.org.
The Mississippi Legislature approved enough money to allow for 1% pay increases for employees of the state’s public universities and community colleges in July. The raises will be up to the discretion of each institution based on performance. One employee can receive up to a 5% pay raise, while another may receive nothing.