Nixon Announces Tuition Freeze

Governor Jay Nixon was joined by leaders of the state’s public 2- and 4-year institutions to announce an agreement to freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates for the 2016-2017 school year. The Governor announced that his Fiscal Year 2017 budget will include an additional $55.7 million, a 6 percent increase, in performance funding for higher education, which will bring total state funding for higher education to a record $985 million next year. This is the fourth tuition freeze Governor Nixon has announced since taking office in 2009. As a result, tuition and required fees at Missouri’s public universities increased by just 7 percent between 2008-09 and 2014-15, the smallest increase in the nation. By comparison, the average increase nationally over the same period was 29 percent.