Missouri curators wary of proposed tuition increase

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri curators want to see more spending cuts in non-academic programs before they agree to raise tuition at the system’s four campuses.

The governing board met Thursday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to discuss a proposed tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.

Administrators are recommending a 7.5 percent tuition increase for Missouri residents attending the Columbia campus and even larger increases at the St. Louis and Rolla campuses. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.

Several board members told campus leaders to keep looking for cost savings, even as the university touted changes that saved the system $132 million in 2011.

A university spokeswoman says the Board of Curators expects to vote on the proposed tuition increase at a special meeting in February.

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