Thursday, August 3, 2017

Budget cuts, tuition hikes mean fewer in training classes - ALEX JACKS, MS Business

Community colleges across the state are taking a hit as Mississippi legislators make budget cuts in all sectors. To compensate for the budget cuts, all 15 junior colleges in Mississippi recently announced that tuition will be increased by an average of 13 percent this fall. Hinds Community College in Jackson increased its tuition rates this year in order to balance the Fiscal 2018 budget, said Russell Shaw, Hinds vice president for business services. “The Mississippi state appropriations were drastically cut during the last two fiscal years,” Shaw said. “Hinds Community College just implemented a 6 percent expense reduction to the FY2018 budget. The tuition increase was a 9 percent increase year over year, and in conjunction with the expense reduction was needed to have a balanced budget.”

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