The state College Board in Mississippi has given its preliminary approval to increasing tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall.

The board acted Thursday during a meeting at Alcorn State University in Lorman. The board must vote again later.

Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University would keep tuition the same for the third year. The other six universities would increase charges from 2.5 to 5 percent.

The largest increases would come at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State, which would raise tuition and fees 5 percent to nearly $7,500 a year. Thursday’s action is preliminary, and the board must vote again later.

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