Building Fees Stalled by Trustees

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The College Board has stalled a $50-a-semester building fee on students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it.

However, it appears likely the proposal will return, possibly as early as next month.

The fee was up for a first reading by the 12-member board Thursday but pulled from the agenda Wednesday.

The state's two largest universities said they need the money to pay for building projects. Ole Miss estimated the fee would generate $1.83 million annually, while MSU estimated it would collect $1.7 million.

MSU raised tuition 6 percent this fall, while Ole Miss raised it 6.8 percent.

The proposal came after the Mississippi Legislature failed this year to approve new borrowing for construction projects.