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Independent report finds Missouri remains national leader in college affordability

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON

Independent report finds Missouri remains national leader in college affordability, Gov. Nixon says

College Board report shows Missouri had smallest increase in tuition and fees at four-year institutions since 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new report shows Missouri continues to lead the nation on an important measure of college affordability, Gov. Jay Nixon said today. 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 in any other state in the nation.

“College affordability continues to be a top priority of my administration because we want more Missouri families sending their kids to college and more students starting careers without a heavy burden of debt,” Gov. Nixon said. “That is why, while other states have seen double-digit tuition hikes, here in Missouri we’ve minimized tuition increases by negotiating an unprecedented two-year tuition freeze and supporting our scholarship and financial aid programs. This independent report confirms once again that these efforts have helped make our state a national leader when it comes to college affordability.  By making sure college is an affordable option for every Missouri family, we will continue to expand opportunities for students and keep our economy moving forward.”

Missouri’s 5 percent increase over the past five years is especially notable in comparison to the increases seen in neighboring states; seven of eight of those states saw increases of 15 percent of more.  

Five-Year Percentage Changes in Inflation-Adjusted Tuition and Fees at Public Four Year Institutions, 2008-09 to 2013-14

MO

Missouri

5%

MD

Maryland

8%

ME

Maine

9%

MT

Montana

10%

OK

Oklahoma

10%

NJ

New Jersey

11%

ND

North Dakota

12%

WY

Wyoming

15%

OH

Ohio

15%

IA

Iowa

15%

SC

South Carolina

15%

AR

Arkansas

15%

NE

Nebraska

16%

VT

Vermont

16%

TX

Texas

16%

IN

Indiana

16%

PA

Pennsylvania

16%

IL

Illinois

18%

AK

Alaska

18%

MN

Minnesota

19%

CT

Connecticut

20%

MI

Michigan

20%

KY

Kentucky

20%

WI

Wisconsin

21%

KS

Kansas

21%

MA

Massachusetts

23%

NM

New Mexico

25%

MS

Mississippi

25%

WV

West Virginia

25%

US

United States

27%

NY

New York

27%

SD

South Dakota

28%

DE

Delaware

28%

VA

Virginia

29%

ID

Idaho

29%

OR

Oregon

30%

UT

Utah

30%

TN

Tennessee

33%

RI

Rhode Island

33%

NH

New Hampshire

34%

NV

Nevada

37%

NC

North Carolina

40%

AL

Alabama

44%

HI

Hawaii

47%

CO

Colorado

48%

LA

Louisiana

51%

FL

Florida

56%

CA

California

57%

WA

Washington

58%

GA

Georgia

65%

AZ

Arizona

70%

SOURCE: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.


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