On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced a proposal to freeze tuition and academic fees at Missouri’s public universities and college for the 2010-2011 school year. In return, the state won’t decrease funding much.
The agreement, which was made in conjunction with Missouri university presidents, would mark the second consecutive year that in-state tuition doesn’t see an increase. The proposal has to pass through the Missouri General Assembly when it convenes in January. Read the full story here.
On the other hand, the New York Times reported Thursday that the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise undergraduate fees — the equivalent of tuition — 32 percent by next fall, to help make up for steep cuts in state funding.
According to the article, “The state allocation for the 10-campus system, one of the leading public university systems in the nation, was cut $813 million, or 20 percent, this year, leading to a hiring freeze, furloughs and layoffs.”
Thousands of students have protested increasing the fees, which would bring in-state tuition to more than $10,000 a year, the Times reported. Compare that to MU, which roughly charges $8,500 per semester in tuition alone.
Read more on the subject at the Times Web site.