Missouri System Eyes Tuition Increases

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Faced with yet another round of likely state budget cuts, the University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its flagship Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.

A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase. Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.

The proposals follow a recommended 12.5 percent cut in state funding for higher education in Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed fiscal 2013 budget. And while that recommendation is subject to lawmaker approval, Nixon has already warned university leaders to avoid hefty boosts in tuition and instead explore administrative spending reductions.

If lawmakers adopt Nixon's proposed funding cuts, Missouri's public colleges and universities will have seen their state aid cut by about 25 percent over the past three years.

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