COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Tuition at the four University of Missouri campuses will increase for the first time in three years after a vote by the systems' Board of Curators.
Curators voted 5-3 Friday in favor of a 5.5 percent average increase for in-state undergraduates. They rejected an alternative offered by curator Don Downing to cap the increase at 5 percent.
The increase must still be approved by the state Department of Higher Education because it exceeds a legislative requirement that such hikes be capped at the federal government's annual inflation rate, which most recently was 1.5 percent.
The proposed hikes vary from 4.7 percent at the St. Louis campus to 6.6 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.