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Costs could be going up for Mississippi college students

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - All eight public universities in Mississippi have a proposed increase to their housing and meal plans. Some are as high as 17%. The University of Mississippi has done all it can to keep costs low.

Ole Miss Freshman Jennybeth Hendrick sat in the Grove to enjoy her lunch.

"It hadn't been nice enough to do it," said Hendrick. "Today is the first day." However, the lunch she was about to enjoy could cost more next year.

"If the price goes up for meals, its already expensive to buy a chicken sandwich and a drink and I'm sure it'll be harder to pay for the two things," said Hendrick.

The University of Mississippi has proposed an increase in meal and housing plans for the 2011-2012 school year. The state's Institution for Higher Learning must approve the proposal.
Current meal plans range from $818 to $3258 a year. The proposal would average a 3.9% increase for the 7 different meal plans. The university said rising food costs caused the proposed increase.

"It could definitely add up," said Hendrick.

Current housing plans range from $1900 to $2400 a semester. Student Housing has proposed an average increase of 3%. Housing Director, Lorinda Krhut, said higher utilities and building maintenance caused the proposed increase. She says they try to keep the rates as low as possible.

"We have to be really careful about how we do our rate structure," said Krhut. "If we get it too high, then we'll have students who will not live with us."

Hendrick plans to live off campus next year. She said she sympathizes with the incoming freshman.

"If dorm prices are going up, then its kinda bad for the upcoming freshman who have to live on campus," said Hendrick.

The Board for Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning will vote on the proposal April 21st.

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