MSU to slightly raise tuition this fall

Gib Adkins


Students attending Missouri State University in Lebanon will see the same tuition increase as their counterparts in Springfield, but they won’t see any programs cut.

MSU announced Thursday that tuition for in-state undergraduates will increase from $206 per credit hour to $210 per credit hour beginning in the fall 2017 semester. Gib Adkins, the MSU on-site outreach coordinator at OTC in Lebanon, confirmed that students attending MSU at the OTC Lebanon Center would also see their tuition increase to $210 per credit hour. Tuition for online classes will not be affected, Adkins said.

According to Adkins, the tuition increases are the result of a decrease in state funding. Adkins said that under former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, tuition was frozen while funding was increased, and consequently MSU was able to avoid a tuition hike for about five years. However, according to a press release from MSU, state funding is being cut by 9 percent, and the school is budgeting for a $7.4 million cut in state funding on its Springfield campus. Additionally, Adkins said that the university expects to see another multimillion dollar cut next year.

Adkins estimated that prior to the five-year stretch without a tuition hike, it was fairly common to have an increase of about $3-5 every other year or so. In addition to raising tuition, the school is cutting about $1 million from its sports program and is looking at additional cuts, Adkins said.

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