On Monday, the UM System Board of Curators approved a 3% tuition increase for in-state tuition, as well as a 7.5% tuition increase for out-of-state tuition. In light of this decision, Mizzou’s student newspaper, The Maneater, looked to ASUM to explain the effects of a tuition increase for students and the state as a whole.
Corbin Evans, Legislative Director for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, said the increases could not only discourage students from applying but also affect students currently enrolled.
“We acknowledge the fact this could decrease the number of Missourians who are able to attend,” Evans said. “Students who are looking at graduating without debts could suddenly be looking at student loans. Worse, students could no longer be able to finish their four years.”
The effects of a tight budget climate are not just affecting students, however.
Given the situation, junior and ASUM intern Sydney Miller said she understands why the board made its decision…
Miller also said though students tend to be the focus of funding issues, faculty should be taken into account, as well.
“With higher education funding cuts, people tend to focus on the students, but UM also has a hiring and salary freeze,” Miller said. “We need to have competitive wages and the best faculty in order to stay competitive as a university with other states.”
Read the full article via The Maneater’s website here.