Lawmakers Consider Sprialing Tuition Costs

1 decade 2 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 30 2006 Aug 30, 2006 Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:41:36 PM CDT August 30, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS  (AP) - Missouri State University president Michael Nietzel says higher education costs are spiraling out of control. Nietzel spoke in St. Louis today to members of a state Senate committee looking into college costs. Nietzel says the percentage of Missouri college student expenses paid by the state is down from 81% in 1980 to 46% now. He also says Missouri ranks 46th among states in per capita higher education funding and last among ten Midwestern states. Earlier today, a report from State Auditor Claire McCaskill said tuition rates for Missouri's public universities are too high. She warned that the state will be hurt economically if students can't afford a college degree or are saddled with debt when they graduate. McCaskill says the Legislature and administration have focused on business incentives to improve the economy, but that educating students will help more.

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