Higher Education Increase Not Enough
The House Appropriations Education Committee heard testimony from several college representatives Tuesday morning.
Colleges have a few problems with Governor Blunt's proposed increase. There was talk of cutbacks, decreases and adjustments to match budgets to an increase college administrators say is too small.
Governor Blunt's proposed increase would be the first increase Missouri colleges have seen in five years, but representatives say it won't cover increases in the cost of higher education.
Those representatives point to a growth in technology needs and increases in enrollment. To compensate for a lack of funding, many colleges have hiked tuition or cut programs and staff. Others have cut scholarships or financial aid to deserving students.
Colleges say they'd also like capital funding for campus improvement projects.