University of Missouri System curators freeze tuition for in-state students

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 7:50 p.m. CDT; updated 10:35 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 30, 2010

ROLLA — If you are a master's of law student at MU, your tuition next year will increase next year by 19 percent. If you are seeking a law degree, your tuition will increase by 5 percent. The same is true if you are an out-of-state undergraduate, 5 percent.

These increases are part of an overall plan approved Friday by the UM System Board of Curators. Here's a breakdown:

  • In-state undergraduate tuition remains frozen.
  • Out-of-state undergraduate tuition increases by 5 percent at MU and Missouri University of Science and Technology and 2.7 percent at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and University of Missouri–St. Louis.
  • Graduate student tuition increases by 2.7 percent.
  • Professional school tuition increases will vary by department. On the high end, out-of-state veterinary medicine students will see their tuition increase by 31 percent, although at the curators' meeting, Nikki Krawitz, UM System vice president for finance and administration, who was presenting the budget to curators, made a point to say this affects a handful of students.
  • A UMKC in-state tuition rate for four counties in the Kansas City area will expand to seven more counties.

The curators approved the tuition rate 7-to-1; David Wasinger of St. Louis voted against the resolution, and Doug Russell of Lebanon was absent.

The curators’ decision mirrors the state Senate’s incorporation of a tuition freeze in its budget recommendation this week.

In a deal made with Gov. Jay Nixon in November, public universities in Missouri have agreed to freeze in-state undergraduate tuition with the understanding that higher education cuts will not exceed 5.2 percent.

UM System President Gary Forsee said administration should be proud of working with the state to ensure access and affordability in higher education for the past two years. He also said there is no question that lack of state funding has directly correlated to UM's fall in rankings such as in the US News and World Report.

Forsee did not cite it, but this week the MU School of Law fell from 60th to 93rd in the magazine's annual graduate school rankings.

Increased tuition at professional schools and additional supplemental fees will vary according to the program.

Undergraduate Tim Noce, president of the Missouri Students Association and a student in the Trulaske School of Business, is one of the students who will be subject to a $75 per-credit-hour increase for the 2010-11 school year. Noce said although fiscal responsibility was his running platform and he hates seeing any fee increase, the consequences of limited state funding are evident.

“You have to see both sides of the story,” Noce said. He said he’s watched his professors have to apply for more grants and do work teaching assistants normally would do.

Other supplemental fees at MU include:

  • School of Medicine lab/resource fee: $1,080 a year
  • Undergraduate nursing fee: $60 per credit hour


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