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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 29, 2009

Regents approve 2009-'10 budget package

The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents met in regular session Thursday, June 25, and approved budgets for the 2009-'10 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Annual University spending is divided into the Education and General Budget, which includes academic and administrative salaries and operations, and the Auxiliary Enterprises Budget, which outlines projected income and expenditures for self-sustaining operations such as dining services and student housing.

The Education and General Budget for 2009-'10 totals $81.5 million, up from $74.9 million last year. However, much of the apparent increase represents dozens of existing activities not previously budgeted, and annual income and expenses for these items essentially break even, according to Ray Courter, vice president of finance and support services.

In exchange for no state cuts to its base appropriation, Northwest did not raise tuition for 2009-'10. Several other income categories are up, however, including the University's technology fee, special fees and private gifts and grants.

In May, the regents adopted $2 per-credit-hour fee increases for technology and classroom renovation following approval by the Student Senate as required by state law. The measure raised the technology fee from $10 to $12 and the classroom renovation fee from $5.50 to $7.50.

Northwest will receive $33.6 million in state appropriations in 2009-'10, the same as last year with the addition of $527,000 in Caring for Missourians funding that will pay costs associated with the University's new bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program. Caring for Missourians is a state initiative designed to increase the number of students preparing for careers in high-demand, critical-need health care fields.

Auxiliary spending by Northwest is projected to increase by just over $1 million in fiscal 2009-'10, from $22.7 million to $23.8 million. Board-approved contract rates for food and housing plus anticipated enrollment are expected to cover the cost.

Faculty and staff salaries will remain unchanged from 2008-'09. Northwest's payroll comprises approximately 750 employees who will collect $31.8 million in wages over the next 12 months.

In other business the board:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468