UM Board of Curators to vote on tuition freeze

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 6:18 p.m. CST; updated 8:23 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — The UM System Board of Curators will vote this week on a recommendation to freeze in-state undergraduate tuition for the 2014-15 school year.

The last time UM tuition remained unchanged from the previous year was the 2010-11 school year.

According to the curators’ meeting agenda, rates for resident undergraduates would remain at $274 per credit hour for MU and the Missouri University of Science and Technology, $270.10 for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and $315.80 for the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

That’s an average of $283.48 per credit hour for the entire UM System.

In 2013, the curators voted to increase tuition by 1.7 percent. At its November meeting, the board discussed raising tuition to match inflation.

UM President Tim Wolfe said on Friday he will recommend a tuition freeze to the board. That aligns with Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal in his State of the State address on Jan. 21.

To make up for the static tuition fees,however, the curators will vote on a proposal to increase student activity, facility and health service fees for all UM System schools except UMSL, which restructured its additional fees into a base tuition last year.

MU’s and UMKC’s additional semester fees would increase by 1.5 percent — which is the rate of inflation — while Missouri S&T’s rates would increase by 1.4 percent.

In addition to the fee increases, tuition rates for graduate students and nonresident undergraduates would increase for the entire UM System. MU’s nonresident undergraduate rate would go up by 3 percent, from $752.30 to $774.90 per credit hour. Almost 29 percent of MU students were from out of state in fall 2013, according to the MU University Registrar's website.

The curators' agenda states that MU’s average combined annual tuition and fees for residents is $9,415. That is below the average cost of other institutions in the Southeastern Conference, which is $11,296.

The board will also discuss alternate sources of revenue and financial aid during its Wednesday through Saturday meeting in Columbia.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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