SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — Missouri State University students will soon pay the largest tuition increase in a decade.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has approved the fee schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. President Clif Smart says the overall tuition increase is less than 4%.
On the Springfield campus:
For undergraduate students who reside in Missouri, tuition will increase by $10 per credit hour.
For undergraduate students who reside out of state, tuition will increase by $22 per credit hour.
For Missouri resident graduate students, tuition will increase by $13 per credit hour.
For graduate students who reside out of state, tuition will increase by $25 per credit hour.
On the West Plains campus:
For undergraduate students who reside in Missouri, tuition will increase by $5 per credit hour.
For undergraduate students who reside out of state, tuition will increase by $10 per credit hour.
Second grade Jessica Chapman says the cost of school is already high, on top of other expenses.
“Looking at grocery prices, gas prices, everything going up pretty much the way we see it,” Chapman says. “I who become an upper class student, obviously I am not going to live on campus forever. I will live in an apartment. I’m going to have bills to pay and this and that.
Chapman says she already has a job to cover some of the costs.
“Being like a working student, it’s a bit difficult to juggle work, school and family life in general,” Chapman says. “It’s hard to juggle it all as a full-time student. Higher prices will encourage students to work harder, which means more time when we can’t focus on school. »
Smart says the rising costs for students are partly due to inflation driving up costs for the university.
On top of that, the labor shortage is driving up the salaries needed to hire workers, while the school is also focusing on retaining the staff members it already has.
“We are working to put in place on the FY23 budget, per your instructions, an overall salary increase of 4%,” Smart says.
Residential accommodation costs are also increasing. It depends on the ward you live in, but none of the increases will be greater than 6%.
Smart blames the rising cost of food.
“The only other option in terms of this increase is to reduce and close a dining hall for periods of time or provide lower quality food, and I don’t think either of those options be good,” says Smart.
For Freshman Alex Hill, he wishes the school had decided this sooner.
This would have given working students more time to prepare financially.
“I already work half the time to help pay for myself, so balancing schoolwork is hard enough,” Hill says. “I’m just a little worried. I do not know.”
The cost of parking permits will also increase, which is a major concern for students.
“Parking is already not the best situation on campus. I would say,” Chapman says. “We pay a bit for a parking pass which I feel like I struggle to use most of the time so that’s also something I think students would worry about as a cost additional.”
Smart says the increased parking permit fees will pay for the maintenance of on-campus parking lots.
More information on the fee schedule for the coming year can be found here.
The new rates come into effect on July 1.
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