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November 5, 2012

The Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) Plan is currently undergoing an actuarial audit. Enrollment for 2012 has been deferred temporarily, according to the program’s website.

The Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) Plan is currently undergoing an actuarial audit. Enrollment for 2012 has been deferred temporarily, according to the program’s website.
The board of the MPACT program has suspended new enrollments until the audit is complete.
“They have frozen it for Mississippi because there is some concern on investments and the rate of return,” said Laura Diven-Brown, director of financial aid at The University of Mississippi. “It’s under financial review to make sure it’s stable.”

May 1, 2012

Tuition at Ole Miss may increase by nearly seven percent next fall for residents and more than 10 percent for non-residents.

Tuition at Ole Miss may increase by nearly seven percent next fall for residents and more than 10 percent for non-residents.

Financial burdens even heavier than this would have fallen upon students had the House not voted to prevent federal student loan interest rates from rising.

The state college board is meeting on May 7 to have a final vote on tuition increases at all eight of Mississippi’s public universities. It is expected that tuition at the state’s universities could increase by as much as 10 percent, according to an AP release.

April 22, 2012

Out-of-state students may have more reason to come to Mississippi after high school in the next few years.

Out-of-state students may have more reason to come to Mississippi after high school in the next few years.

The state legislature recently passed a bill that will allow Mississippi universities and colleges to waive out-of-state tuition. Each institution will determine its own waiver policy. 

March 4, 2012

President Barack Obama has proposed a $150 million increase in the Federal Work Study program. 

 

President Barack Obama has proposed a $150 million increase in the Federal Work Study program. 

The president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 provides the nation with $1,126.7 million for just the work study program and $10 billion in total student aid to “those colleges that provide the best value to students by enrolling and graduating students from low-income families, restraining net prices and demonstrating good value,” the administration said in a release. 

November 2, 2011

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

 

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

The new Obama plan to help alleviate college student loan debt might not be much help to current students, with loan consolidation not starting until 2012 and loan debt repayments being lowered to 10 percent from 15 percent in 2014.

September 28, 2011

University of Mississippi exercise science sophomore Allen Ball said his student loans are not a big issue right now.

University of Mississippi exercise science sophomore Allen Ball said his student loans are not a big issue right now.
When the New Albany native takes out loans, he only accepts what he needs to pay for his education.
“I’m trying to manage it so when I do graduate and get a job, I’ll be able to pay it,” Ball said.

September 14, 2010

 

The UM Office of Financial Aid sent an e-mail on September 7, 2010, informing all students that drug convictions could disqualify students for federal student aid and loans.

 

The UM Office of Financial Aid sent an e-mail on September 7, 2010, informing all students that drug convictions could disqualify students for federal student aid and loans.

 

July 27, 2010

Mississippi high school students needing financial aid for college recently received a boost from New York Giants quarterback and Ole Miss alumnus Eli Manning.

 

Mississippi high school students needing financial aid for college recently received a boost from New York Giants quarterback and Ole Miss alumnus Eli Manning.

 

Manning and his wife Abby recently donated $1 million to the Ole Miss Opportunity needbased scholarship program.