Tuition increases hurting some Miss. students

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A report by the state College Board shows

tuition increases have caused a drop in enrollment among less

affluent students at Mississippi's eight public universities.

The report says that since 2002, the schools have enrolled 800

fewer students from families earning less than $75,000.

During the same period, enrollment has increased by 1,500 for

students from families earning more than $75,000.

State economist Phil Pepper says other factors could be

involved. He says he will continue to research the issue, but

"this suggests we are seeing a squeeze on some parents."

The College Board has increased tuition nine of the past 10



Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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