The FY 2017 IHL funding request includes an increase of $50.1 million for faculty and staff salary increases across the system. It also includes an additional $14.2 million for student financial aid over the FY 2016 appropriation and a request for $17 million in appropriated funds to address facility repair and renovation needs.
As outlined in the Statewide Strategic Plan, the state's goal for higher education is "to make available an accessible, quality public higher education at an affordable cost that prepares Mississippians to become productive, financially self-sufficient members of society while meeting the human resource needs of Mississippi and its employers, including the creation of new jobs through the commercialization of university-based research."
Mississippi Public Universities enrolled 93,833 students and awarded a record number of 16,813 degrees in Academic Year 2015. Fall 2015 enrollment is the highest in the history of the university system with 81,132 students enrolled.
Mississippi Public Universities provide high-quality education, research and innovation that support economic growth and opportunities that benefit all Mississippians in a very competitive environment. Keeping our state's brightest students in Mississippi requires the best faculty and support staff; sophisticated technology; and modern, safe, well-maintained facilities.
IHL Funding Request for FY 2017