Mississippi's public university tuitions could increase by 10 percent

(WMC-TV) - Tuition at Ole Miss may increase by 10 percent for out-of-state students and by nearly 7 percent for residents.

The state college board is meeting next week to take a final vote on tuition increases at all eight of Mississippi's public universities.

Students like Jennifer Hall is worried and trying to plan ahead.

"Trying to figure out how I'm going to pay for every semester. I'm already on a ramen noodle diet. Can't really go any further below that," said Hall.

Even Jacob Lepre is worried. He attends Northwest Mississippi Community College.

"That's why I'm here. I can only afford community college right now, so I can save up. I don't want to take $50,000 worth of student loans out," he said.

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at Ole Miss says last year, in-state tuition was $5,790. The estimate for next year is $6,185. Tuition for non-residents is currently $14,797. The estimate for next year increases that number to around $16,200.

"I think the tuition rates are high enough as it is already. It's already hard for us to be able to pay this much to go to school," said Hall.

WMC-TV is told the increases are necessary in part due to a lack of state appropriations. While appropriations have gone down, enrollment has gone up.

The average student is already struggling. Most of the people I go to school with are working full-time just so they can come to school," said Lepre.

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