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Alcorn State University

Mississippi universities plan tuition increases in 2016

In-state tuition at Mississippi's eight public universities is set to rise by 4.1 percent on average next fall, with the average price of tuition and fees crossing $7,000 for the first time.

The College Board approved the preliminary increase Thursday and trustees will likely vote again in December to finalize the plan.

The statewide average for two semesters of full-time tuition and fees would rise by an average of $268 to $7,027, with increases ranging from 2.5 percent at Alcorn State University to 5 percent at Delta State University.

Tuition would go up another 3.3 percent on average in fall 2017 under plans presented to the board.

Seven schools plan...