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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s two largest universities are likely to win approval to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

Members of a College Board committee unanimously approved Wednesday the proposals from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The full board is scheduled to vote on the fee Thursday.

Leaders of the schools say they need money for buildings. In Ole Miss’ case, that’s a $50 million renovation and expansion of its student union. MSU plans a combination classroom and parking garage.

The extra $100 a year would be added next fall atop the 5.7 percent tuition increase that the College Board has already approved for Ole Miss, bringing in-state costs to $6,640.

At MSU, it would add to the 6 percent cost increase, bringing the in-state price to $6,622.

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