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March 14, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon visited Northwest Missouri State University Thursday afternoon, applauding the institution and its Board of Regents for answering his call to freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates for the 2014-2015 school year.
Nixon has proposed a significant funding increase for Missouri’s public four-year universities within his fiscal year 2015 budget and called for those institutions to freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates as part of continuing efforts to make Missouri a leader in college affordability.
“Through initiatives such as your Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the recently announced Northland Innovation Campus, Northwest Missouri State University continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to student success and college affordability,” Nixon said. “Today, I am very pleased that this institution has answered my call and voted to hold tuition flat for undergraduates as long as the General Assembly adopts my budget increase for public universities.”
Just prior to Nixon’s visit, Northwest’s Board of Regents voted to freeze undergraduate tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year if the General Assembly adopts the governor’s budget proposal.
Northwest’s decision not to increase tuition for undergraduates continues its sustained path toward protecting affordability, enhancing access, and addressing quality and accountability issues, University President Dr. John Jasinski said.
“Under the governor’s proposal and with the support of the General Assembly in protecting critical investment needs for higher education, we’ll be able to freeze undergraduate tuition next year so the quality education we offer here at Northwest Missouri State University remains affordable,” Jasinski said. “Our students deserve the support as we continue to serve the economic needs of our state.”
The move to freeze tuition is part of efforts in Missouri, Nixon said, to make college as affordable and accessible as possible, while providing a high-quality education that prepares students for careers of the future.
With that in mind, Nixon’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal includes an additional $36.7 million for Missouri’s public universities through the state’s performance-based funding model. For the second consecutive year, Northwest achieved all five benchmarks within the funding model and will receive 100 percent of the funding appropriated to the University within the state’s FY15 budget.
“Under my budget, Missouri undergraduates at Northwest Missouri State will not have to pay a penny more for tuition next year,” Nixon said. “There are not very many governors in very many states that ever get to say that line, and I am very pleased that we’ve been able to do that here to keep our lead. This tuition freeze will strengthen Missouri’s position as a leader in college affordability, but more importantly we will strengthen the financial position of students and families all across our great state.”
During the last five years, Missouri has led the nation in holding down tuition increases at its public universities. The College Board’s 2013 “Trends in College Pricing” report shows that tuition and fees at Missouri’s public four-year institutions increased just 5 percent since 2008, lower than any other state in the nation.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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