Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

TUITION FREEZE AHEAD: UM HOLDS THE LINE; University of Missouri Moves to Keep Cost Flat for 2014-15; but Somestudents Lose Federal Financial Aid; HIGHER EDUCATION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

TUITION FREEZE AHEAD: UM HOLDS THE LINE; University of Missouri Moves to Keep Cost Flat for 2014-15; but Somestudents Lose Federal Financial Aid; HIGHER EDUCATION

Article excerpt

The president of the University of Missouri system said Friday he would recommend that tuition at the system's four campuses be frozen in the 2014-15 school year.

The recommendation which will go before the system's Board of Trustees for approval next week comes after Gov. Jay Nixon proposed this week injecting more than $80 million into higher education.

In exchange for that investment, Nixon has called on colleges and universities in the state not to raise costs, saying that undergrads "should not have to pay a penny more in tuition next year."

Tim Wolfe, president of the UM system, told the Post-Dispatch editorial board Friday that he believed the system could make that agreement.

Previously, the system's curators had been moving ahead on a plan that would have called for a 1.5 percent tuition spike an amount that would be tied to the rise of the Consumer Price Index.

The last time tuition remained flat was four years ago. Last year, Curators voted to increase tuition on its four campuses by 1.7 percent the rate of inflation for Missouri resident undergraduate students.

That's also how much tuition will increase for incoming freshmen at University of Illinois campuses next year after a vote by trustees on Thursday.

Wolfe said he would send his recommendation to trustees, who would probably take up the matter at a meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Nixon's proposal shared in his State of the State address Tuesday calls for a 5 percent jump in core appropriations to higher education. In addition, he is proposing $22 million on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, initiatives; and nearly $20 million to add 1,200 classroom slots for students in mental health fields.

But there is a vast divide between Nixon's spending plan and those of the Legislature, where Republican leaders are using more conservative projections on economic growth.

Despite that, Wolfe said he is confident the Legislature also is committed to spending more on higher education. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.