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6/18/2009 - Jackson, Miss.

The Board approved non-resident and professional tuition as well as room and board increases. Non-resident tuition surcharges increased an average of $366 or 3.1 percent for the System. Double occupancy room rates increased an average of $171 or 5.2 percent for the System and single occupancy room rates increased an average of $191 or 4.1 percent for the System. The average increase in board rates increased an average $114 or 5.1 percent for the System.

Because the Mississippi Legislature has not adopted a state budget for FY 2010, the Board approved spending authority at the FY 2009 budget level for July and August 2009, assuming the Mississippi Legislature adopts a FY 2010 budget by June 30, 2009.

The Board adopted FY 2011 budget priorities, which include an 18 percent increase in classroom instruction and a 66 percent increase in student financial aid, including $10 million for a state need-based aid program and $5 million for community and junior college transfer assistance scholarships. The FY 2011 budget priorities also include increases for health care and agriculture, both critical to our state, with a 13 percent increase to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a 17 percent increase to Mississippi's agriculture programs. In addition, the Board is seeking an increase for its institutes and centers.

Detailed information regarding tuition, room and board, and budget priorities can be viewed as a PowerPoint Presentation or an Adobe PDF.

The Board approved a priority list for facilities needs, totaling $191 million, to be submitted to the 2010 Legislature. The needs include a fire suppression system at Mississippi Valley State University, code compliance and safety projects at Delta State University and Mississippi University for Women, and a campus security project at Alcorn State University. The list also includes various building renovation projects throughout the System. Detailed information about the System's facilities needs can be viewed as a PowerPoint Presentation or and Adobe PDF.

The Board's regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2009, is subject to call.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.


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