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College Costs

Tuition at Mississippi's colleges and universities has increased at a slower pace than the U.S. as a whole in recent years: between the fall of 2006 and 2011, nationwide in-state tuition increased by 42% at public four-year schools, compared to just a 27.4% increase in Mississippi. Similarly, while in-state tuition at private four-year schools increased by 27.8% across the U.S., it increased by only 19.3% in Mississippi. On the other hand, in the fall of 2013, Mississippi public universities significantly increased tuition: all eight state schools hiked up prices by over 6% from the previous year. Reasons given by schools include: difficulty paying faculty salaries, cuts made during the recession and increases in operational costs.

College Enrollment

Enrollment at Mississippi universities stayed almost exactly on par with the U.S. during the decade from 2000 to 2010, with a 27-28% increase over that time period. However, the last couple years have seen dipping enrollment at Mississippi's public universities, in particular: between 2012 and 2013, enrollment at those eight schools together dropped 0.6%, though the University of Mississippi actually saw a 7.4% increase in enrollment. Officials cited several reasons for the overall enrollment decrease, including tighter federal restrictions on financial aid and reductions in federal funding for graduate students.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • College Savings Mississippi: The state's 529 plan allows students and families to put away money now, with tax benefits, to pay for college or university down the road. This plan includes four different investment options, including managed allocation, diversified equity, fixed income and guaranteed savings.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Rise Up MS: A nonprofit dedicated to helping students receive financial aid for college. This organization was created and is run by the Mississippi Legislature and works to identify in-need high school students.
    • Get2College: This Mississippi nonprofit, run by the Education Service Foundation, provides a plethora of resources to the state's students in order to help them get a higher education. Get2College holds seminars, offers tutoring and test prep, hosts scholarship competitions and advocates for disadvantaged students.
    • The Phil Hardin Foundation: Founded by a Mississippi native, this nonprofit organizes grants and advocates for better education throughout the state. It aims to provide financial resources in needed communities and to encourage all students to pursue higher education.
  4. Higher Education News

Higher Education in Mississippi

Mississippi Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 49% Mississippi
      Graduation Rate
    • 18.7 ACT Mississippi
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Mississippi

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    Public 2-Year
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    Public 4-Year
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    Private 4-year

Mississippi Institutions

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    Degree-Granting Institutions
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    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
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    Private For-Profit Institutions