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Funding Request

The Statewide Strategic Plan establishes the state’s goal for higher education as making "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 helped the state achieve its goal for higher education by enrolling 89,356 students in Academic Year 2020 and producing more graduates. In 2020, Mississippi Public Universities awarded 19,159 degrees. Over the past five years, there has been a 12 percent increase in all degrees awarded and a 29.5% increase in STEM degrees awarded.

Mississippi Public Universities provide high-quality education, research and innovation to support economic growth and opportunities that benefit all Mississippians in a very competitive environment. As the workforce evolves to meet the increasingly complex demands of the 21st century economy, our graduates will compete for high-skill, high-wage jobs that will drive future economic growth. Preparing students to succeed in this environment requires excellent faculty and support staff; sophisticated technology; and modern, safe, well-maintained facilities.

The FY 2022 IHL funding request includes an increase of $29.5 million over FY 2021 funding. The increase would restore funding to the FY 2020 level and provided new funding for a faculty pay raise to begin moving faculty salaries to the SREB average. Currently, IHL faculty salaries are 80.5% of the SREB average.

On behalf of the Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board, IHL submitted a request for additional funding in the amount of $13.9 million for Student Financial Aid. Receiving these additional funds over the FY 2021 budget would enable full funding of undergraduate grant awards to all expected eligible applicants in FY 2022.

Finally, the request also includes $14.5 million in appropriated funds to address facility repair and renovation needs. Appropriated Capital Expense funds received by the universities in previous years have been vital in addressing critical deferred maintenance issues on the campuses. Restoration of these funds will help extend the useful life of older buildings throughout the system.

» IHL Funding Request for FY 2021

Bond Request

IHL develops a 4-year bond plan to support the annual bond request. The plan is developed using the facilities priorities identified by the universities. The first year of this year's plan was funded during the 2020 Legislative Session. The second year of the plan seeks to secure funding for important repair and renovation projects to extend the useful life of campus buildings and to begin planning for future projects. Securing these funds this year will enable the institutions to address pressing facilities needs in a timely manner.

» Proposed 4-Year Bond Plan for Capital Improvements