ST. JOSEPH — It appears that students at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph will be paying more tuition next year.
The university's governing board approved a 9.5 percent tuition increase on Wednesday. If the state's education commissioner approves the increase, students will pay $202.96 per credit hour for the next school year. That's an increase of $17.61 per credit hour.
The education commissioner must approve the increase because it is above a cap imposed by state lawmakers in 2007. The law ties tuition increases to the consumer price index, which is roughly 3 percent.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the board also approved a 3 percent increase for room and board. Room and board packages vary, but the average increase will be between $158 and $212 per year.