- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

SEBATOBIA, Miss. (AP) - Northwest Mississippi Community College is increasing tuition for the 2014-15 academic year.

Full-time in-state students will see an increase of $150 per semester in tuition, to $1,275. Part-time in-state students will pay an additional $15 per semester hour as the cost increases to $110 per semester hour.

Out-of-state full-time students will pay an additional $100 in nonresident tuition fees in addition to the new base tuition of $1,275. Part-time students from out of state will pay an additional $20 per semester hour.

Northwest President Gary Lee Spears told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1h3XdPL ) costs have risen with maintaining new facilities and providing the programs those facilities will offer.

“The college is trying to meet the changing needs of our district,” Spears said. “These much-needed efforts come with a cost, and we have done everything possible to keep that cost at a minimum for our students.”

The school has added a new Allied Health facility and a LPN to RN bridge program to make it easier for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses.

A new Mechanical Technology facility will go into use this year.

Spears said a new on-demand, online curriculum to allow students to access classes on their own schedule.

Spears said the tuition increase would not pay for construction of any new facilities but would cover the cost of operating new programs, including increases in utility costs, personnel, equipment, maintenance and supplies.

In addition to the main Senatobia campus, the school has satellite campuses in Southaven, Olive Branch, Ashland and Oxford.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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