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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 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for 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 $18,007 and the average private school would be $19,632. 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 seemed 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 our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Mississippi Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. 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 (2017-18)
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 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. 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 $22,255 MS Private $30,371
$0 - $30k $12,495 $14,801
$30,001 – $48k $13,054 $14,788
$48,001 – $75k $16,136 $16,955
$75,001 – $110k $18,007 $19,632
$110,001+ $18,619 $20,850

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-$3,000 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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,888 $7,084
    Room and Board $10,372 $10,372
    Books $1,580 $1,580
    Other Expenses $5,266 $4,996
    Total $24,106 $24,032
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,794 $13,752
    $30,001 - $48k $15,335 $15,288
    $48,001 - $75k $17,939 $17,884
    $75,001 - $110k $19,965 $19,904
    $110,001+ $21,996 $21,928
  • Delta State University

    Cleveland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,859 $7,246
    Room and Board $7,584 $7,722
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $19,543 $20,068
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,719 $11,007
    $30,001 - $48k $11,716 $12,031
    $48,001 - $75k $12,560 $12,897
    $75,001 - $110k $16,079 $16,511
    $110,001+ $17,060 $17,518
  • Jackson State University

    Jackson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,621 $8,051
    Room and Board $8,952 $9,400
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,123 $5,178
    Total $23,096 $24,029
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,825 $13,343
    $30,001 - $48k $12,456 $12,959
    $48,001 - $75k $14,969 $15,574
    $75,001 - $110k $19,456 $20,242
    $110,001+ $18,040 $18,769
  • University of Mississippi

    University
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,300 $8,660
    Room and Board $10,502 $10,696
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,820 $4,880
    Total $24,822 $25,436
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,848 $10,092
    $30,001 - $48k $12,233 $12,536
    $48,001 - $75k $17,665 $18,102
    $75,001 - $110k $19,006 $19,476
    $110,001+ $20,028 $20,523
  • Mississippi University for Women

    Columbus
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,614 $6,940
    Room and Board $7,032 $7,424
    Books $1,500 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,000 $4,115
    Total $19,146 $20,079
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,575 $10,042
    $30,001 - $48k $9,660 $10,131
    $48,001 - $75k $14,511 $15,218
    $75,001 - $110k $16,268 $17,061
    $110,001+ $16,380 $17,178
  • Mississippi Valley State University

    Itta Bena
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,422 $6,550
    Room and Board $8,391 $7,764
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,260 $4,400
    Total $20,073 $20,714
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,842 $16,348
    $30,001 - $48k $16,135 $16,650
    $48,001 - $75k $16,190 $16,707
    $75,001 - $110k $15,850 $16,356
    $110,001+ $14,673 $15,142
  • Mississippi State University

    Mississippi State
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,318 $8,650
    Room and Board $9,614 $9,815
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,238 $5,292
    Total $24,370 $24,957
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,632 $14,984
    $30,001 - $48k $14,739 $15,094
    $48,001 - $75k $19,202 $19,665
    $75,001 - $110k $20,556 $21,051
    $110,001+ $20,849 $21,351
  • University of Southern Mississippi

    Hattiesburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,218 $8,624
    Room and Board $9,631 $10,618
    Books $1,200 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,834 $3,306
    Total $22,883 $24,048
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,728 $13,376
    $30,001 - $48k $12,160 $12,779
    $48,001 - $75k $16,048 $16,865
    $75,001 - $110k $16,875 $17,734
    $110,001+ $17,686 $18,586

Private MS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Belhaven University

    Jackson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $24,250 $25,300
    Room and Board $8,000 $8,500
    Books $1,000 $650
    Other Expenses $2,000 $1,000
    Total $35,250 $35,450
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,737 $16,832
    $30,001 - $48k $16,667 $16,762
    $48,001 - $75k $18,686 $18,792
    $75,001 - $110k $20,616 $20,733
    $110,001+ $22,004 $22,129
  • Blue Mountain College

    Blue Mountain
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,760 $12,584
    Room and Board $6,294 $6,554
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,097 $3,097
    Total $22,351 $23,435
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,528 $9,990
    $30,001 - $48k $10,207 $10,702
    $48,001 - $75k $12,004 $12,586
    $75,001 - $110k $16,335 $17,127
    $110,001+ $16,468 $17,267
  • Millsaps College

    Jackson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,930 $39,910
    Room and Board $13,400 $13,730
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,792 $1,791
    Total $55,322 $56,631
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,872 $20,342
    $30,001 - $48k $19,242 $19,697
    $48,001 - $75k $22,215 $22,741
    $75,001 - $110k $26,809 $27,443
    $110,001+ $26,843 $27,478
  • Mississippi College

    Clinton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,392 $18,026
    Room and Board $9,610 $10,300
    Books $1,300 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,083 $4,279
    Total $32,385 $34,005
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,163 $15,922
    $30,001 - $48k $14,694 $15,429
    $48,001 - $75k $16,630 $17,462
    $75,001 - $110k $19,540 $20,517
    $110,001+ $19,620 $20,601
  • Rust College

    Holly Springs
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,700 $9,900
    Room and Board $4,300 $4,300
    Books $250 $250
    Other Expenses $2,250 $2,250
    Total $16,500 $16,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,348 $10,473
    $30,001 - $48k $9,832 $9,951
    $48,001 - $75k $11,547 $11,687
    $75,001 - $110k $10,058 $10,180
    $110,001+ $9,365 $9,479
  • Tougaloo College

    Tougaloo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,600 $10,600
    Room and Board $6,400 $6,400
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,440 $4,440
    Total $22,840 $22,840
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,202 $12,202
    $30,001 - $48k $13,391 $13,391
    $48,001 - $75k $18,691 $18,691
    $75,001 - $110k $19,707 $19,707
    $110,001+ $19,891 $19,891
  • William Carey University

    Hattiesburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,300 $12,600
    Room and Board $6,267 $6,204
    Books $3,300 $650
    Other Expenses $6,085 $3,240
    Total $27,952 $22,694
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,760 $16,043
    $30,001 - $48k $19,485 $15,820
    $48,001 - $75k $18,910 $15,353
    $75,001 - $110k $14,785 $12,004
    $110,001+ $20,275 $16,461
 

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