- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - The state College Board in Mississippi has given its preliminary approval to increasing tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall.

The board acted Thursday during a meeting at Alcorn State University in Lorman. The board must vote again later.

Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University would keep tuition flat for the third year. The other six universities would increase charges from 2.5 percent to 5 percent.

The largest increases would come at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State, which would both raise tuition and fees 5 percent to nearly $7,500 a year.

Universities say they need more money to increase faculty salaries, cover operation costs and make up for cuts to state support.

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