March 30, 2012
Board of Regents approves 3 percent tuition increase for 2012-2013
During its regular meeting Thursday, March 29, the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents unanimously approved a 3 percent tuition increase for 2012-2013 in addition to the University’s proposal to eliminate an academic minor and major and a new lease agreement with Liberty Public Schools.
Beginning with the fall 2012 trimester, based on 24 student credit hours, Northwest will raise tuition and fees by $228.24 for in-state undergraduates to $6,175.44 and by $414.80 for out-of-state undergraduates to $11,062.32. For graduate students, based on 18 student credit hours, tuition will increase by $216.54 for in-state students to $5,844.96 and by $388.08 for out-of-state students to $10,114.92 .
The fees include an increase to $2 per student credit hour for the capital improvement fee and a sustainability fee of 50 cents per student credit hour. The University’s Student Senate recently voted to recommend the fees, which Regents approved.
The Board also approved a 3.5 percent increase to room and board rates, which includes meal plan options, by $264 to $7,830 for a double occupancy traditional room.
In its proposal for the tuition and fee increases, Northwest officials cited consumer price index increases along with a 12.2 percent decrease in state appropriations over the last two years; the University also is anticipating additional cuts of between 7.6 and 12.5 percent for the upcoming fiscal year. However, Northwest remains committed to offering an affordable comprehensive education and cost-effective services that include a textbook and laptop program, which carries an estimated value of more than $1,700 annually.
The Board also approved the University’s proposals related to proposed changes announced in February in response to the continuing shifts across higher education. Under the plan, Northwest is eliminating its dance minor and related classes.
Northwest also is eliminating the family and consumer sciences bachelor of science in education degree program, but will provide two full-time and one part-time faculty members with a one-year contract for the 2012-2013 academic year in order to teach students who are working to complete degrees in the program. The elimination of the degree program impacts 17 students.
In other business, the Board approved a new lease with Liberty Public Schools under which the University will pay the school district $5,000 per month to operate its Kansas City Center in the school district’s Blue Jay Tower, effective July 1.
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