SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Students and everyone else working at Missouri State University (MSU) will soon see a pay raise.
The university’s president, Clif Smart, made the announcement this morning.
McKinzie Ware, student and employed at MSU, says this is great news.
“I’m ecstatic about it. Gives me more income for paying for rent, for food, that kind of thing, paying for college,” Ware said.
Ware says she also has a second job at a local Boutique and uses financial aid to help pay for school.
“I have a little bit of a scholarship helping out but most of it is coming from work,” Ware said.
The employees at MSU will be making an extra 85 cents an hour.
“Probably help a lot because we work a minimum of twenty hours a week and twenty hours will help a lot just to give us a little more boost and help us pay for other stuff that we need,” Ware said.
Derek Rowe, a student manager at an on-campus store ‘Bear Necessities’, says that even though his parents are paying for his college, making $9.45 an hour will help.
“If I’m short on groceries and I need to go out, I can go out. Or if I need to get more school supplies, I can go get school supplies on my own,” Rowe said. “It grants me more independence, as a student here.”
Independence is why Rowe says he started working in the first place.
“Just so I could, you know, pay for stuff on my own,” Rowe said. “It’s been that and then I’ve also been able to increase what I’ve been able to spend on as the pay increases as well.”
Rowe says he has gotten what he wanted from this job and more.
“This is a great work environment,” Rowe said. “I mean I was planning on working here anyways but this pay increase, I mean, makes me more excited to be working next year.”
The minimum wage will increase on January 1 of next year.
The university will use nearly 10 million dollars from its 2019 – 2020 budget to accommodate for the increase.