DSU president contends low tuition crucial
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 22, 2013 | 3380 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eight public universities will most likely raise their tuition within the next two academic years.

According to an article by the Associated Press the College Board, "must vote a second time before the plan becomes final. Average in-state tuition and fees would rise 2.8 percent to $6,509 in fall 2014. In 2015, average tuition would rise 3 percent to $6,703.

"The plans would push tuition above $7,000 a year at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi."

Alcorn State and Jackson State will also raise tuition but by smaller percentages than Ole Miss and MSU.

Delta State, Mississippi Valley State, and Mississippi University for Women are the only public schools that plan no increases over the next two years.

“For fiscal year 2014-15 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015), which is essentially the 2014-2015 academic year, Delta State University will not increase its tuition or fees,” said DSU President Bill LaForge.

“While the additional revenue would be very welcomed in helping to deal with our budget concerns, I believe that it is important to keep the price tag of a college education at a reasonable level for our students and their parents.

“Basic tuition will remain at $6,012 per year through 2015. Next year we will reassess the situation to determine whether an increase is merited beyond 2015.

“Once again, Delta State is standing by its commitment to an affordable education,” said LaForge. “I worry that any tuition increase at this time would be too much of a stretch for many students who plan to come to Delta State or continue their education here.

“I have conferred with the chief executives of the state’s other public universities, the commissioner of higher education, and my cabinet on campus, and I conclude that it is in the best interest of Delta State at this particular time to maintain our current level of tuition,” said LaForge.

“Particularly at a point in time when we are making every effort to attract new and more students to Delta State, I don’t want even a slight increase in tuition to stand in the way of a potential student’s decision to enroll here.

“I want Delta State to be competitive in the market place for students, and this decision supports that notion,” he explained. “Delta State will continue to offer excellent academic programs with no reduction in quality. Consequently Delta State is now even more of a value and bargain for our students in comparison to any other university.”