Trustees give final approval to plans for tuition increases

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – College Board trustees are giving final approval for plans by Mississippi’s eight public universities to raise tuition.

The average price of tuition for an in-state student would rise by 4.1 percent next fall, following Friday’s vote by the board. Trustees had given preliminary approval in November.

The statewide average for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees would rise by an average of $268 to $7,027, crossing $7,000 for the first time.

Increases range from 2.5 percent at Alcorn State University to 5 percent at Delta State University.

Tuition would go up another 3.3 percent on average in fall 2017 under plans presented to the board. Universities sometimes change their second-year plans.

Seven schools plan increases in 2017, ranging from 1.4 percent to 4.9 percent. Delta State plans no increase.