Ole Miss Tuition Hike Impact

Next school term, Ole Miss faces a 6.5% tuition increase. For some students, the bump in price will be a real burden.

“Right now I’m still trying to find a job. I lost mine a couple of days ago,” student Colter Bowles said.

The vice chancellor for administration and finance at the university, Larry Sparks, says raising tuition doesn’t come easily.

“It’s really a process and it’s something we don’t do lightly. It’s a decision of last resort,” said Sparks.

Saprks pointed out that, in recent years, there has been a shift in the cost of higher education.

“The shift has been from taxpayers to the users of the service meaning that instead of state appropriations, supporting the main cost of higher education has shifted to students actually in school,” said Sparks.

For Bowles, that shift means sacrifice.

“I have to cut back on gas and just start using a bike more often now,” said Bowles.

Both students and university officials hope the years to come bring a better economy.

“In our business plan, or a better word would be our estimates, our budget will actually decline for two years. Fiscal year 2013 is the first year that we’ll sort of get our head back above water, if you will,” Sparks said.

For more information on the tuition hikes and paying for college, contact the Ole Miss Financial Aid office.

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~ by robg22 on February 23, 2010.

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