MU Tuition could rise in 2016
ST. LOUIS - The University of Missouri Board of Curators, discussed Thursday a possible hike in tuition among the four campuses. The discussion centered on a possible raise of resident undergraduate tuition by 1.8 percent, which is the consumer price index.
This is not the first time the Board of Curators has had this discussion. In 2013 it discussed raising tuition by 8-16 percent. In 2012, it considered a proposal for a 3-percent hike of in-state tuition and 7.5 percent for out-of-state.
John Fougere, the chief communications officer of the University of Missouri System, sent KOMU 8 News a statement, which said:
"While the curators will certainly give consideration to any plan that provides the necessary resources for the university to remain a quality, academic institution, the UM System will continue to be a national leader in terms of affordable higher education. As an illustration, the UM System has raised tuition and fees the past five years by average 2.2 percent per year, compared to an average of 6 percent per year by comparable institutions in the 8 states that border Missouri."
The Board of Curators will vote on the possible tuition increase in February.
The change would take place during the 2016 school year. The average in-state undergraduate tuition in 2014 among the 4 campuses is $9,464 per year. The curators decided to keep the same rate for the 2015 budget year.