Miss. public universities plan tuition increases

Tuition at Mississippi’s eight public universities will increase by an average of more than 6 percent this fall, an amount universities say is needed to make up for the lingering effects of state aid cuts during the recession.

State College Board figures show the average price for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees will rise by an average of $381. That puts it at $6,329.

The College Board voted in spring 2012 on a two-year tuition plan and didn’t vote on the subject this year. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said schools were given the option to change plans this spring, but none chose to.