Public Universities Can Increase Tuition by More Than Rate of Inflation

7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, September 29 2010 Sep 29, 2010 Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:56:36 PM CDT September 29, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- College students in the UM system who pay in-state tuition can expect to pay more next fall, according to UM System President Gary Forsee. The question now is how much. A state statute says public universities can increase tuition at the rate of inflation.

Schools do have the option of raising tuition by more than the rate of inflation but with a fine. According to Department of Higher Education Interim Commissioner David Russell, if a school goes over the rate of inflation, the state can fine the university.

"The fine can be up to five percent of the institution's state appropriations," Dr. Russell said. "Universities can avoid that fine though if they get a waiver from the commissioner's office."

Once the commissioner receives the request, he then looks at a set of predetermined criteria. Russell said he will also get input from his staff to help the decision process. He said he wants the whole process to be as transparent as possible.

"The presidents of the institutions know what criteria I plan to use," Russell said. "We will also put the requests on our website so the public can see what we are looking at."


Next year's inflation rate will not be determined until January. At this time last year, the inflation rate in Missouri was four-percent. To put this in perspective, if a tuition hike had gone into effect this year, in-state students in the UM System would be paying on average $350 more a year.

The increase has one MU student upset.

"It kinda annoys me," freshman Daniel Forman said. "One of the reasons I went to the in-state school was the price. I knew it was going to be one of the cheaper options."

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