Mississippi students could pay more for campus housing

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -   Parents may be paying more for campus housing at Mississippi universities.

According to plans by the State College Board, average annual rates for campus housing could climb over the next three years from $3,800 to $4,400.

According to Sid Gonsoulin, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Southern Miss, because the state does not supply funding for resident halls the only way to maintain dorms is through campus housing fees.

When the cost of maintaining the dorms go up, so does the rental fees for students.

"Probably between a five and a six percent increase on an annual bases. Our average increase in comparable to our sister institutions. Pretty much we know what it takes to operate on an annual bases. When those increase are requested those are real and they are not just to bring in extra revenue," said Gonsoulin.

The college board will vote on the plans to increase campus housing fees later this spring.