Compared To Nation, Missouri Higher Ed Holds Line On Tuition Hikes

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Friday, August 17, 2012

A nonprofit’s national report on rising tuition and fees in higher education concludes what could be expected after Missouri’s governor in recent years negotiated back-to-back freezes and the state legislature passed a law making increases more difficult.

According to the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center, over the past three years Missouri’s four-year public colleges have led the nation in keeping a lid on tuition and fee hikes. The increase was 6.1 percent, the smallest boost in the nation.

For two-year colleges in the state, it was 6.6 percent, the fourth lowest in the nation.

Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College, said the accomplishment is remarkable in light of diminished public funding of higher education in Missouri.

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