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.