The Senate Appropriations Committee approved cuts of nearly $65 million from the budget of public colleges and universities last week.
This is in opposition to a previous deal between Gov. Jay Nixon and higher education institutions. In-state undergraduate tuition would be frozen in exchange for no more than $50 million in state funding cuts during the 2010-11 academic year.
Nixon, during a visit to Columbia on Wednesday, said, “I’ll do everything within my power to make sure that we uphold that deal.”
The UM System Board of Curators will meet Thursday and Friday and set next year’s tuition for its institutions. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said MU would recommend sticking with the plan to freeze tuition.
May 7 is the deadline for lawmakers to pass a final version of the budget.
Another source of budget dispute is the proposed cuts to state funding for private college and university scholarships.
The maximum Access Missouri scholarships funds for private school students would be reduced from $4,600 to $2,850 in an effort to even the grant money for both public and private school students.
Many students, such as Columbia College senior Michelle Arnold, have said they would not be able to attend college without the Access Missouri grant.
What do you think will be done with the higher education budget? What should be done?