Joplin's Missouri Southern State University faces no penalty for tuition increase

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | 6:49 p.m. CDT; updated 4:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JOPLIN — The state commissioner of higher education, David Russell, said Joplin's Missouri Southern State University won't be penalized for its 9.27 percent tuition increase, which exceeds requirements.

The Higher Education Student Funding Act requires universities to keep tuition increases at or below the consumer price index. Because of the state budget cuts, most universities raised tuition above the index and applied for penalty waivers.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported that Russell said in a letter to Missouri Southern that while he is disappointed that the university wouldn't lower its request to be more in line with other universities, he's not imposing a penalty because he's mindful of the need for Joplin to recover from the May 22 tornado.

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