Missouri Colleges Get "F" for Affordability
The "Measuring Up 2006" study graded each state in categories ranging from graduation rates to student benefits. Missouri received high marks in most areas, but failed in the cost category.
"Obviously affordability is one of the big components of it," said John Andersen, president of the Missouri Student Association. "Missouri, along with 43 other states, failed, and that's something we're never proud of."
The study found Missouri four-year schools take up to 46% of a low- or middle-income family's annual income.
"We simply have to ensure that those highly capable students, irrespective of their financial background, have full access to higher education here at MU," Deaton said, "and we're going to work hard to make that a possibility."
Higher education officials said their schools will offer more scholarships next year, including several full scholarships for academically exceptional students.