A decision to look at fixed tuition rates as a possibility for the University of Missouri System garnered support Tuesday from Gov. Matt Blunt.
“I commend (UM System President) Elson Floyd for proposing a practical solution to help control rising tuition costs,” Blunt said in a statement. “…His proposal will provide parents and students with a road map to plan savings and estimate costs.”
In a release last week, Floyd said he is considering implementing fixed tuition rates for all UM undergraduates.
Under the plan, tuition for freshmen would remain the same for each year of their undergraduate programs. Nonfreshman undergraduates would pay the same annual tuition for each of the remaining years in their programs.
Craig Kleine, chairman of Associated Students of the University of Missouri, has said his organization opposes the idea of fixed tuition rates.
He said that if the university were to fall on financially lean times, freshmen would be alone in carrying the burden of raised tuition fees because other undergraduates’ tuitions would be fixed.