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MSSU Students React to Tuition Freeze Idea in State of State Address


  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon makes a case for more education money during his state of the state address.
     His proposed budget includes nearly 25 million dollars for Missouri Southern State University   including more than one-point-six million in new funding.
      But as Nixon is also asking something of colleges and universities. He said last night, "Under my budget,  Missouri undergraduates  at our public universities should not have to pay a penny more for tuition next year." 

It's a challenge to MSSU officials who say its the  university with the lowest tuition rates among  state schools. But its good news for students waiting in long lines to pay their tuition or set up payment plans. 

Jessica  Murrell, a freshman says, "That would be a good thing for me cause I don't have a lot of money  and so it'd really help if it stayed the same for next semester so I could save up enough.  Keep it consistent."
Jennifer Reed, soon to be a junior says, " It'd  just be cheaper for when I graduated college just didn't have  to pay that much. I think its already expensive as it is, so raising it is even worse."

 The governor also said, "But affordability is only part of the equation. Once again core funding for our colleges and universities will be awarded based  on performance.

Interim MSSU President Alan Marble says, "We haven't calculated exactly and we're not sure about the performance measures cause you have to hit five  different performance  targets. If you  miss one, it would cost a little bit.  So that  would be based on the year following,  not sure exactly what would be coming out of it.  But whatever it is we'd be delighted  to have it."

Dr.Marble says the proposed  budget includes five percent more for the university in core funding and three  percent more for STEM programs. 
But  he says overall higher education  is coming back from years of cuts. 

"Education, overtime, its changed. Where  the state used to provide 65 to 70 percent  of the cost, its now down to below 50 percent.  But this is really good news that we might be getting some new state dollars to supplement the education budget here."

In his state of the state address  the Governor also calls for an increase in funding for Missouri Access Scholarships something that benefits thirteen  hundred and fifty  students at Missouri Southern  already.

Becca Diskin in  financial aid says, "It would go a lot farther in grant money for them (students) and less they would have to repay in loans."

Freshman Jessica says, "I get a  Missouri grant that would help if they did add to it. It would be a lot more money for me."
 And as a single mom of  three   inline with others  to pay tuition, any break is good news for her.
 Nixon announced in his state of the state address that his budget  would also triple preschool program funding  and add 278-million-dollars to the k through 12 funding formula. 
For a link to the summary of the governors budget click here.



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