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Nixon Calls for Tuition Freeze, Increase in Budget for Universities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During a visit to Missouri State University on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted his plans for higher education in his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, including an increase in the budget for Missouri’s public four-year universities and a call to the institutions to freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates for the 2014-15 school year.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During a visit to Missouri State University on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted his plans for higher education in his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, including an increase in the budget for Missouri’s public four-year universities and a call to the institutions to freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates for the 2014-15 school year.

“To keep our economy growing, we need every student in Missouri to have access to an affordable college education and to graduate without a heavy burden of debt,” Gov. Nixon says in a statement. “Our efforts to hold down tuition and support our scholarship and financial aid programs have helped make Missouri a national leader in college affordability. Today I am calling on our four-year universities to help us build on this momentum by holding undergraduate tuition flat next year.”

According to a news statement, Nixon’s budget proposal, which will be presented to the General Assembly in January, includes an additional $36.7 million Missouri’s public universities. The five percent increase in funding will come from Missouri’s performance-based funding model for higher education, which was implemented for the first time this past year.

Nixon says the tip priority of his administration is the quality and affordability of higher education in Missouri.

“Nothing will have a greater impact on the future of our economy, and our state, than the commitment we make now to education. To continue preparing the workforce of tomorrow, I’m proposing a significant investment in Missouri’s colleges and universities,” Gov. Nixon says.

According to the College Board’s 2013 Trends in College Pricing report, tuition and fees in Missouri’s four-year institutions saw an increase of five percent since 2008, lower than any state in the nation.


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