COLUMBUS, Mississippi (WCBI) — Two of northern Mississippi’s largest community colleges will not raise tuition for the upcoming school year.
Both Itawamba Community College and East Mississippi Community College will not increase student tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year.
“Our Board of Trustees, and of course the college as a whole, are always thrilled when we can keep our prices low and reduce our costs to our students,” said ICC President Dr. Jay Allen. “It’s not always obvious that we can do it.”
After a year of inflation and economic upheaval in 2022, the two school presidents felt that now was not the time to impose higher tuition fees on students.
“Our board felt it was very important to maintain our tuition and we were able to budget and do just that,” says Dr. Allen.
“Student debt is a problem in this country,” says EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks. “We have been able to manage the pandemic very well thanks to the help of higher education. Relief fund.
Dr. Alsobrooks says that in fact, they still have some of that higher education aid funding that they will distribute to students in the fall.
“It’s been several hundred (of dollars per student) each semester and I would expect it to stay somewhere at that level,” he says.
While Dr Allen says starting in the fall they will be streamlining fees for part-time and full-time students.
“Our affordability really provides a pathway for so many Mississippians to enter the college environment, earn a degree to go straight into the workforce, or transfer to (four-year) college,” he says.
Both schools are still accepting applications for the fall semester.
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