Students at Mississippi's universities will be paying more to live on campus or purchase meal plans in the fall.
The Clarion Ledger reported Friday that the state College Board voted unanimously to increase room and board rates at each of the universities for the coming school year.
University leaders say the increases are necessary to ensure quality services from the self-sustaining programs. General fund dollars do not go toward the cost of maintaining residence halls or dining.
The average cost for double occupancy on-campus housing will go from $3,495 this year to $3,781 next year.
The system's most expensive meal plans will average $2,480 next year, compared to this year's $2,397.
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