Higher education funding could increase 6 percent

For the fourth consecutive time, Gov. Jay Nixon proposed to freeze tuition fees and increase Missouri state funding.

On Sept. 21, Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a tuition freeze for undergraduates at two-and four-year public institutions for the 2016-17 school year.

According to the release, an additional 6 percent will be added to the 2017 fiscal year budget, bringing the state funding for higher education to $985 million. At least 16.5 percent of the additional funding will go toward science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Since elected, Nixon has proposed to freeze tuition every year. Between the 2008-09 and 2014-15 school years, the release stated that Missouri tuition increased by 7 percent, less than any other state. The national average during this time was 29 percent.

“By bringing people together to invest in students and hold down college costs, we have made Missouri a national leader in college affordability and innovation,” Nixon said in the release. “ …Because the less debt students take on when they’re in school, the more they can spend when they graduate — buying a car, starting a business and pursuing their dreams.”

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