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IHL votes to keep in-state tuition steady

JACKSON — The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has voted to keep in-state tuition costs steady. Out-of-state tuition, room and board was raised.

“The IHL Board measures every decision it makes based on what is in the best interest of the state of Mississippi and the families and students we serve. Decisions about tuition are no different,” said IHL Budget, Finance and Audit Committee chairman Bob Owens. “I’m pleased that the Board has voted to keep resident tuition level to assist the people of Mississippi through this difficult economic time.”

The Board of Trustees approved non-resident and professional tuition as well as room and board increases. Non-resident tuition surcharges increased an average of $366 or 3.1 percent for the system. Double occupancy room rates increased an average of $171 or 5.2 percent for the system and single occupancy room rates increased an average of $191 or 4.1 percent for the system. The average increase in board rates increased an average $114 or 5.1 percent for the system.

Because the Mississippi Legislature has not adopted a state budget for FY 2010, the Board approved spending authority at the FY 2009 budget level for July and August 2009, assuming the Mississippi Legislature adopts a FY 2010 budget by June 30, 2009.

The Board adopted FY 2011 budget priorities, which include an 18 percent increase in classroom instruction and a 66 percent increase in student financial aid, including $10 million for a state need-based aid program and $5 million for community and junior college transfer assistance scholarships. The FY 2011 budget priorities also include increases for healthcare and agriculture with a 13 percent increase to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a 17 percent increase to Mississippi’s agriculture programs. In addition, the Board is seeking an increase for its institutes and centers.

Finally, the Board approved a priority list for facilities needs, totaling $191 million, to be submitted to the 2010 Legislature. The needs include a fire suppression system at Mississippi Valley State University, code compliance and safety projects at Delta State University and Mississippi University for Women and a campus security project at Alcorn State University. The list also includes various building renovation projects throughout the system.

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