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Board of Governors approves tuition, fees for 2013-14

Tuition remains below national average
Thursday, March 7, 2013

While Missouri State University students will see a modest increase in student fees next year, the university will remain below the national average. The Missouri State Board of Governors approved the 2013-14 tuition and fees for the Springfield and West Plains campuses at its board retreat today (March 7).

“We understand the importance of keeping Missouri State affordable for the students who want to get their educations here,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “We must balance the need for affordability with the need to maintain the quality of our programs. We believe we have done that with this recommendation.”

The Missouri Higher Education Student Funding Act (HESFA) placed tuition caps on higher education institutions in the state of Missouri for undergraduate resident students. Tuition and required fees for most schools cannot increase by more than Consumer Price Index (CPI) for these students. CPI for the FY 2014 budget is 1.7 percent. Missouri State University is limited to the 1.7 percent.

Missouri State legacy wallThe cap applies only to tuition and fees required of all undergraduate students. It does not apply to student approved fees and program specific fees.

Tuition changes
Undergraduate tuition for 2013-14 will increase from $200.48 to $204.00 per credit hour for Missouri residents in regular instruction courses numbered 1-599 and Bearnet location courses other than Springfield numbered 1-599.

Undergraduate tuition for out-of-state students will increase from $412 to $420 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate students will increase from $242 to $247 per credit hour for resident students and $484 to $494 for non-resident students.

In state undergraduate tuition at the University of Missouri will be $274 for 2013-14.

Enrollment fees
Students in several colleges will pay additional enrollment fees. These types of fees are allowed under HESFA since they support specific college or program initiatives.

In the College of Arts and Letters, students enrolled in production intensive courses in media, journalism and film will pay an additional $18 per credit hour and students enrolled in music classes will pay an additional $15 per credit hour.

The College of Business will continue to collect a $25 per credit hour fee for certain upper-level undergraduate classes and $32 per credit hour for graduate classes.

In the College of Health and Human Services resident graduate student fees will increase from $267 to $272 per credit hour while non-resident fees will increase from $509 to $519 per credit hour.

Student services fees, room and board
Student services fees will increase by $2 for the previously student-approved Taylor Health Center Fee and by an additional $3 as part of the CPI allocation increase. The $3 increase will generate approximately $100,000 annually and will be allocated as a fee to support Title IX compliance. The total student service fee is $394 for fall and spring semesters for 7 or more credit hours, an increase of $5 from fall 2012.

The Board also voted to increase room rates by 3 percent and board rates by 4 percent.

“In addition to keeping our tuition and fees competitive, we continue to offer a full range of financial aid, scholarship and student employment opportunities for our students,” said Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Students can learn about these programs by visiting www.missouristate.edu/financialaid, where they will also find a link to our net price calculator that they can use to determine their estimated net cost to attend.

“While scholarship deadlines for the 2013-14 academic year have passed, students can still apply for financial aid,” continued Simpson. “The priority deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is March 31.”

Additional notes
Basic fees for the West Plains Campus will increase from $111 to $114 per credit hour for Missouri residents and from $222 to $228 for non-Missouri residents.

The 2013-14 tuition for Greenwood Laboratory School will increase from $5,000 to $5,300 for grades  K-8 and from $5,190 to $5,605 for grades 9-12.

About Missouri State University
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