More Tuition Increases Looming
Trying to find time to work, eat, socialize and study, can stress out college students. And the threat of tuition increases doesn't help.
"I don't like it," said University of Missouri student Dan Culp. "I think we could probably get a good education for the dollars we're paying right now."
State support for higher education continues to decrease, causing tuition prices to increase. In 2001, Missouri's four-year institutions received $767 million from the state. In 2006, state aid dropped to $708 million, a decline of 7.8%.
"It's something that constantly needs addressing and it never goes away," said John Andersen, president of the Missouri Student Association. "And I think what you really have to consider, when you're talking about tuition, is, how do you keep the university affordable and accessible and still maintain that level of excellence that Mizzou is?"
Joe Moore, director of UM Media Relations, said, "We began to look at another idea of tying in our tuition increases to the rate of increases for our state appropriations."
After last summer's statewide listening tour, UM President Elson Floyd decided against freezing tuition. The university is looking at models to predict future tuition, plus planning to cut administrative cost by 10%. For now, students may have to spend less time hitting the books and more time working to cover college costs.
Floyd and other officials will meet next month to decide on fees for the upcoming school year.