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Some Tuition, Fee Increases Next Year at MSU Could be Waived

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Missouri State University says a modest increase in its tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 school year will be waived if the state legislature approves Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed higher education budget.

The Board of Governors on Wednesday is expected to raise undergraduate resident tuition from $205 to $206 per credit hour, and increase undergraduate tuition for out-of-state students and graduate students by 1.4 percent. Student services fees will increase $8 per semester for students enrolled in 7 or more credit hours. These adjustments allow the school to utilize the full amount of the allowed 0.7 percent increase per Consumer Price Index, the cap placed on the state’s colleges and universities by the Missouri Higher Education Student Funding Act (HESFA).  

Additionally, Basic fees for the West Plains campus will increase from $119 to $121 per credit hour for Missouri residents and from $238 to $242 for non-Missouri residents.

But MSU says the student service fee increase and in-state tuition bump at both campuses will be waived should the governor’s recommended budget pass and there be no withholdings other than the traditional three percent. Nixon has proposed a six percent increase to Missouri State University.

In a news release, MSU President Clif Smar said, “At Missouri State, we offer a competitive, high quality education, and that’s something that we are quite proud of. By keeping our tuition low, we are making higher education a priority in the region and preparing more students to become global citizens.”