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Net Price of Mississippi Colleges by Income

Cost of Mississippi Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $17,233 and the average private school would be $18,291. You can also get information on specific Mississippi schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • College savings and investments
    • Payments from current income
    • Loans
    • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Mississippi Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Mississippi (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $8,300
Room and Board $10,502
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $4,820
Total $24,822

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income MS Public $22,920 MS Private $30,251
$0 - $30k $12,716 $14,031
$30,001 – $48k $13,518 $14,993
$48,001 – $75k $16,716 $16,272
$75,001 – $110k $17,233 $18,291
$110,001+ $16,178 $19,846

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Mississippi public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $-1,000-$4,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Mississippi. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public MS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alcorn State University

    Alcorn State
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,084 $7,290
    Room and Board $10,372 $10,374
    Books $1,580 $1,586
    Other Expenses $4,996 $5,016
    Total $24,032 $24,266
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,687 $13,820
    $30,001 - $48k $13,752 $13,886
    $48,001 - $75k $17,792 $17,965
    $75,001 - $110k $17,269 $17,437
    $110,001+ $20,500 $20,700
  • Delta State University

    Cleveland
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,246 $7,671
    Room and Board $7,722 $7,908
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,800
    Total $20,068 $20,879
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,053 $11,500
    $30,001 - $48k $13,138 $13,669
    $48,001 - $75k $13,244 $13,779
    $75,001 - $110k $16,031 $16,679
    $110,001+ $16,187 $16,841
  • Jackson State University

    Jackson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,051 $8,445
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,702
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,178 $5,233
    Total $24,029 $24,780
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,745 $14,175
    $30,001 - $48k $14,721 $15,181
    $48,001 - $75k $17,171 $17,708
    $75,001 - $110k $9,920 $10,230
    $110,001+ $17,677 $18,229
  • University of Mississippi

    University
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,660 $8,828
    Room and Board $10,696 $10,734
    Books $1,200 $1,100
    Other Expenses $4,880 $5,100
    Total $25,436 $25,762
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,455 $9,576
    $30,001 - $48k $11,566 $11,714
    $48,001 - $75k $17,415 $17,638
    $75,001 - $110k $19,539 $19,789
    $110,001+ $20,417 $20,679
  • Mississippi University for Women

    Columbus
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $6,940 $7,525
    Room and Board $7,424 $7,648
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,115 $4,115
    Total $20,079 $20,888
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,312 $10,727
    $30,001 - $48k $11,379 $11,837
    $48,001 - $75k $15,546 $16,172
    $75,001 - $110k $18,288 $19,025
    $110,001+ $16,395 $17,056
  • Mississippi Valley State University

    Itta Bena
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $6,550 $6,746
    Room and Board $7,764 $7,998
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $4,400 $3,571
    Total $20,714 $20,315
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,385 $16,069
    $30,001 - $48k $16,415 $16,099
    $48,001 - $75k $16,270 $15,957
    $75,001 - $110k $18,741 $18,380
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Mississippi State University

    Mississippi State
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,650 $8,910
    Room and Board $9,815 $10,436
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,292 $5,358
    Total $24,957 $25,904
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,986 $14,517
    $30,001 - $48k $13,799 $14,323
    $48,001 - $75k $18,007 $18,690
    $75,001 - $110k $19,558 $20,300
    $110,001+ $19,741 $20,490
  • University of Southern Mississippi

    Hattiesburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,624 $8,896
    Room and Board $10,618 $10,937
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,306 $3,336
    Total $24,048 $24,669
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,102 $13,440
    $30,001 - $48k $13,373 $13,718
    $48,001 - $75k $18,285 $18,757
    $75,001 - $110k $18,514 $18,992
    $110,001+ $18,724 $19,208

Private MS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Belhaven University

    Jackson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $25,300 $26,202
    Room and Board $8,500 $8,800
    Books $650 $650
    Other Expenses $1,000 $1,000
    Total $35,450 $36,652
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,671 $17,236
    $30,001 - $48k $17,461 $18,053
    $48,001 - $75k $16,772 $17,341
    $75,001 - $110k $19,450 $20,109
    $110,001+ $20,101 $20,783
  • Blue Mountain College

    Blue Mountain
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,584 $14,100
    Room and Board $6,554 $7,100
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,097 $3,425
    Total $23,435 $25,825
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,708 $11,800
    $30,001 - $48k $9,867 $10,873
    $48,001 - $75k $12,175 $13,417
    $75,001 - $110k $15,526 $17,109
    $110,001+ $15,560 $17,147
  • Millsaps College

    Jackson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $39,910 $41,314
    Room and Board $13,730 $14,210
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,791 $1,800
    Total $56,631 $58,524
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,348 $18,961
    $30,001 - $48k $19,960 $20,627
    $48,001 - $75k $22,726 $23,486
    $75,001 - $110k $27,498 $28,417
    $110,001+ $26,787 $27,682
  • Mississippi College

    Clinton
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $18,026 $18,800
    Room and Board $10,300 $10,610
    Books $1,400 $1,500
    Other Expenses $4,279 $4,402
    Total $34,005 $35,312
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,491 $15,048
    $30,001 - $48k $14,938 $15,512
    $48,001 - $75k $18,221 $18,921
    $75,001 - $110k $19,160 $19,896
    $110,001+ $19,891 $20,656
  • Rust College

    Holly Springs
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,900 $9,900
    Room and Board $4,300 $4,300
    Books $250 $250
    Other Expenses $2,250 $2,250
    Total $16,700 $16,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,691 $10,691
    $30,001 - $48k $11,670 $11,670
    $48,001 - $75k $14,169 $14,169
    $75,001 - $110k $16,664 $16,664
    $110,001+ $16,664 $16,664
  • Tougaloo College

    Tougaloo
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,600 $10,861
    Room and Board $6,400 $6,400
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,440 $4,440
    Total $22,840 $23,101
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,944 $13,092
    $30,001 - $48k $16,636 $16,826
    $48,001 - $75k $18,261 $18,470
    $75,001 - $110k $18,844 $19,059
    $110,001+ $21,594 $21,841
  • William Carey University

    Hattiesburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,600 $12,750
    Room and Board $6,204 $6,272
    Books $650 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,240 $3,417
    Total $22,694 $23,639
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,367 $14,965
    $30,001 - $48k $14,417 $15,017
    $48,001 - $75k $11,583 $12,065
    $75,001 - $110k $9,267 $9,653
    $110,001+ $15,142 $15,773
 

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