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University and community college students dip in Mississippi

Enrollment this fall fell from an all-time high at Mississippi's eight public universities and declined for the seventh straight year at the state's 15 community colleges.

Preliminary counts released Friday show students decreasing 1.6 percent at universities and 0.9 percent at community colleges.

Jackson State University shrank 12.5 percent, the most among the universities. Spokeswoman Maxine Greenleaf said the school cut back on aid to students as the university deals with a financial crisis and purged students with overdue bills more quickly.

"The university is requiring payment earlier in the semester, which allows us to manage our resources more...