COLUMBIA — Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides data on full-time student fees for undergraduate and graduate students at public four-year universities in Missouri. The fees are broken down into "Non-designated and unrestricted per credit hour tuition," "total required fees, per semester, charged to all full-time students" and "total tuition and required fees, per year, charged to a typical full-time student." Data is given for both residents and nonresidents. Visitors to the website can choose to look at data for the 2013-14 academic year or at archived data dating back to 2007.
Why you'd want them: Prospective students working on college applications can see the financial commitment they will need to make at each public institution. Current or former students can see how the fees have changed since their first year at the university.
Where you get the records: Go to dhe.mo.gov/data/tuitionandfees.php and click on the link for Missouri Public Four-Year Universities to open the PDF file. To see the archived data, under the heading "FY 2007-2013 Archived," click on "Four-Year Public" and then choose the fiscal year at the top.
How much will it cost: The information is free.