MSSU Avoids Million Dollar Fine By Tweaking Its Tuition Increase
Tuition is still going up at Missouri Southern State University, but it’s tweaking the cost increase to credit hours to avoid a state fine. Missouri Southern’s Board of Governors approved a 15 percent increase in student tuition last April, upping credit hours by $30. But state education law doesn’t allow tuition increases beyond the consumer price index. To avoid a $1.1 million fine, MSSU adjusted down the tuition increase to $20 more per credit.
“It was supposed take into consideration,” says Vice President of Student Affairs at Missouri Southern, “if appropriation were reduced that was not written into the senate bill there was some legislature passed this year if appropriation were cut regardless of the consumer price index tuition could go up five percent.”
MSSU had hoped to get a waiver for the higher tuition increase, but then opted for lowering the increase to credit hour costs.