State Grants Tuition Waiver for One Joplin University
JOPLIN (AP) - The Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education has waived a state penalty against a university in Joplin for its proposed tuition increase.
The Missouri Southern State University's Board of Governors in April approved a tuition increase of $20 per credit hour for in-state students, to $163 per credit hour. The board had approved a $5.53 per credit hour increase last year but delayed implementation.
The two increases combined is considered by the state to be a 9.27 percent increase, which would trigger a state penalty because it exceeded a cap on tuition increases.
However, Education Commissioner David Russell, notified the university on June 30 that the penalty would be waived. The Joplin Globe reports that he cited the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22 as the reason for the waiver.