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1 decade 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, August 09 2007 Aug 9, 2007 Thursday, August 09, 2007 7:19:13 PM CDT August 09, 2007 in News

When compared to other nearby states, Missouri has one of the lowest out-of-state tuition cost, but it doesn't mean students are happy with the cost of schooling.

With students starting to trickle onto campus Thursday, many had the same thing on their minds - how to pay for school this year.

UM system officials declined to comment on camera, but they said that tuition is evaluated annually, but students said this doesn't help them in the pocketbook.

Out of state students in the UM system pay at least $6,000 more than out-of-state students attending other four year universities in the state.

On average, in-state students are paying a little under $5,000 per year. Of the 11 states surveyed, only Illinois charged in-state residents more. The state auditor's office says one way to fix this problem is for the Department of Higher Education to lay down more rules.

"We don't want to dictate to anyone what they should or shouldn't do, but more information is always good. If they can give the colleges more information about the guidelines they think need to be followed, then that's always helpful," Samantha Brewer, of the state auditor's office, said.

The Department of Education declined to comment on the auditor's report. The state auditor's office wants state lawmakers to find a better way of regulating tuition across the state.

To see a copy of the state auditor's report, click on the link above in the Story Toolbox.

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