Miss. colleges addressing funding woes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's public universities are banking on tuition increases and enrollment growth to offset shrinking state funding as they head into the new fiscal year on July 1. The state College Board on Wednesday approved 2011 budgets for the eight universities.

Combined, their education and general funds will be about $7.2 million less than this year. In January, the College Board signed off on tuition hikes ranging from about 4.5 percent at Mississippi Valley State University to 9 percent at Jackson State University and Delta State University.

On average, students will pay about 6.8 percent, roughly $322, more for tuition. Each of the budgets shows cuts in travel and academic support programs.