Fee Hike Approved for Ole Miss, MSU

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The Mississippi College Board has approved a request from its two largest universities to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

The board agreed Thursday with a recommendation from a committee that the proposal by the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University be approved.

Leaders of the schools say they need money for buildings.

In Ole Miss' case, that's a $50 million renovation and expansion of its student union.

MSU plans a combination classroom and parking garage at the price of $37 million.

Charges would not apply to University of Mississippi Medical Center students in Jackson or to Mississippi State online students.

Ole Miss estimates its fee would generate $1.83 million annually, while MSU estimates it would collect $1.7 million.