Students speak out on USM tuition increase

Students speak out on USM tuition increase

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Last Thursday, the Mississippi College Board approved a tuition increase for all eight public universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

USM Chief Communications Officer Jim Coll confirms that the university will increase its tuition by 3.2% next fall. Increases statewide range from 8.4% at Mississippi University for Women to 1.9% at the University of Mississippi.

Coll said in a statement that USM “does not increase tuition beyond what is necessary for the institution to operate in a way that meets their expectations.”

Sophomore Kate Mattox said she’s not too concerned about the increase.

“Well, I’m glad it’s not as high as the rest of the state,” said Mattox. “For the reasons they’re increasing it, it could be a positive thing, but I know tuition is already expensive.”

Amy King and Cole Gardener are both considering USM in the fall and said the increase will not sway their decision to attend the school.

“It only comes out to a couple hundred dollars more,” said Gardener. “That’s not that big of a deal.”

“If it was like $1,000 more, it would be an issue,” said King.

The rest of Coll’s statement reads:

Expected tuition revenue increases will help USM support faculty and staff retention and account for increases in fixed costs like insurance premiums, while also ensuring continued compliance with federal and state regulations.
Jim Coll, Chief Communications Officer for the University of Southern Mississippi

Tuition will now be $8,896 per student. This includes a $70 facilities fee and a $40 activities fee.

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