Frequently Asked Questions

1. WHAT DOES THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES DO?

The twelve member Board is responsible for the management and control of the universities and units that comprise the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) System. The units include the eight public universities, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, ten off-campus centers, and various other locations throughout the state. In addition, the Office of State Student Financial Aid and the University Research Center is a responsibility of the Board. Additional information can be found on Board of Trustees.

2. WHAT DOES THE COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION DO?

The Commissioner is the Board’s agent on a day to day basis and is responsible for working with the Board and others in carrying out its constitutional responsibilities. The Commissioner works closely with the Institutional Executive Officers, state and government officials, the education community, business persons and the public in increasing access to public higher education. Citizens are welcome to contact the Office of the Commissioner and can do so through this web site. Additional information can be found on Welcome and Board of Trustees.

3. WHAT IS THE ENROLLMENT OF THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
LEARNING?

Please see the Enrollment Table.

4. WHAT IS THE BUDGET FOR THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING?

The total budget from state appropriated funds is $334,626,018 for Fiscal Year 2002.

5. WHAT ARE THE BOARD’S POLICIES?

The Board’s Policies and By-laws are available on this website.

6. WHERE CAN A PERSON OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?

Financial aid is readily available for anyone who can succeed in college. Approximately 80 percent of all Mississippi college students receive some form of financial aid. The Mississippi Legislature has provided additional dollars in recent years for those interested in becoming a teacher. In addition, the individual universities have resources to assist students with financial aid. To find out more about your financial aid options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at the university of your choice or the State Office of Financial Aid at 601-432-6997 or 1-800-327-2980.

7. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND EACH OF THE UNIVERSITIES?

(See Chart).

8. WHAT PROGRAMS DO THE UNIVERSITIES OFFER?

The eight universities offer over 700 academic programs in a full range of fields.
(See A Guide to Academic Programs).

9. WHERE ARE THE BOARD’S AND THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICES LOCATED? HOW DO I GET THERE?

The Board’s and the Commissioner’s offices in the Education and Research complex are located at 3825 Ridgewood Road in Jackson, MS. The phone number is 601-432-6493.

Directions to the office are: Take the Lakeland East exit off I-55 North and turn left on Ridgewood Road. Turn left into the Education and Research Complex. The Board’s offices are located in the R & D Tower. There is ample parking in front of the tower. A self-help visitor’s desk is located on the first floor.