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MSSU Students to Face Tuition Increase

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Paden Coonce is a junior at Missouri Southern State University, she works a retail job and plans on starting an on campus job this summer, paying her tuition all on her own.

"The way that my FAFSA works, it goes off my parent's income. And so I don't get any help. I'm paying for all of this all on my own, so I'm kinda stuck I guess"

MSSU students like her will be paying an additional 30 dollars per credit hour, an increase of about 15 percent.

"Unfortunately, because of a decrease in state appropriations over the past several years, we find ourselves in a situation where we have to raise tuition" says Mitch McCumber from the MSSU Board of Governors. 

MSSU didn't increase tuition years ago when state appropriations were cut, because Senate Bill 389 didn't allow tuition increases beyond "CPI", or consumer price index. But the years have caught up with the school and, they couldn't avoid the price increase.

"A 10 percent across the board cut hurts the ones at the bottom, us, in particular. Worse than it does those at the top that have higher tuition and higher appropriations" says President Alan Marble.

Which may mean putting in more hours for some students.

"I'll have to pick up extra hours probably, and that's just kind of hard because I'm working so hard at my job to try to pay for school, but then that takes time for my studying, so it's hard to balance that sometimes" says Paden.

But in the end, the extra grind will be worth it to Paden, so she can achieve her dreams.

"I'm really excited to graduate and start my career in the social work world, so I'll think it'll be worth it in the long run"

The tuition increase will take effect in the fall will effect everybody except for duel credit high school students.

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