College Board Delays Budget Decision

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Jackson, Miss.

College Board members are delaying a decision on how large of a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers.

The board voted Thursday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted more details from universities that were seeking large increases for some research units and other functions.

The state's eight public universities asked the board to seek a total increase of $84.8 million in the 2016 budget year. Though the 2015 budget year doesn't begin until July 1, agencies are already preparing 2016 requests in advance of budget hearings later this summer.

The board's Finance Committee also considered a smaller overall request seeking an additional $61.4 million, an 8.2 percent increase.

Some research units want large increases, in part, because they have no students to pay tuition.