STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Chris Strong will definitely feel the sting of higher tuition.
"If you're going to raise tuition, why not raise financial aid? Financial aid already wouldn't cover it before and so what's the point of steadily raising?"
Tuition at Mississippi State is going up by 8.1 percent in the fall. Two semesters for a full-time student will cost $6,772.
"Even with this small increase, our tuition is far below that of our peer institutions across the region and throughout the Southeastern Conference," MSU Executive Director of External Affairs Kyle Steward said.
Second in line is University of Mississippi with a 7.6 percent increase. Tuition will be $6,760.
"Everybody knows it's going up. We can't do anything about it. Hopefully, the university will offer better things for us," Kyle McDougall said.
"My friends are not so fortunate and it can be a problem when they don't have the money to pay for the expense of school," Gabe Jackson said.
"I don't like it to be honest. For a lot of students it's kind of hard to pay the extra because Mississippi State isn't really cheap in the first place. So, it's kind of hard," Darien Branham said.
"It kind of affects my friends a little bit more. I know some of them come from different backgrounds and it's harder for them to pay for it-the loans and everything," Alex Wawryszczuk said.