Some degrees will cost more by 2023 at the University of Missouri


COLUMBIA, Missouri — Students attending a school in the University of Missouri system will pay more for certain degrees by 2023.

The UM system board unanimously approved a differential tuition plan Tuesday at a special meeting. This means that students will pay less to earn an education degree compared to an engineering or nursing major.

The price would be based on what it would cost the university to teach that major and the job market for that field once the student graduates.

This plan also consolidates additional course fees. Currently, fees are different for students depending on the courses they take, making it difficult to determine the overall bill. According to this plan approved on Tuesday, there would be a flat rate of fees for full-time students. This means that universities will encourage the student to take 15 or 18 credit hours, as it would cost the same as 12 hours.

“We wanted simple and predictable pricing for our students, we wanted to improve time to completion, and then also improve our overall completion rates,” said the system’s executive vice president of financial services. “We also wanted the ability to set market prices and costs to deliver specific study programs.”

The curators said the flat rate would help students graduate faster and give them more flexibility to explore other courses.

The board said it was waiting until next spring to decide on tier pricing at its campuses in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, as well as Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

Mizzou would have three different levels:

  • Level 1
    • College of Arts and Sciences in the departments of History, Geography, Communications, Philosophy, English, Anthropology, International Studies, and General Studies
    • Education
    • Health professions such as social work
    • Pre-majors for the College of Environmental Humanities,
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Sport and Applied Social Sciences
  • Level 2
    • College of Arts and Sciences in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, School of Music, Statistics, Drama, Physics, Geological Sciences, and Psychological Sciences.
    • Business, excluding accounting
    • Pre-majors for Engineering
    • Journalism
    • Pre-majors for nursing
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in the Departments of Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences, Agricultural Biochemistry and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.
  • Level 3
    • Business in the accounting department
    • All engineering courses
    • All Nursing Majors

The Missouri S&T would also have three levels, but would include a freshman rate where UMSL would have levels and UMKC would have six.

“I think it will be easier for individuals to understand this as we move forward,” Rapp said. “We have 64 additional course fees for undergraduates. It would really help our students know when they are considering pre-registration what the cost will be. »

Only Missouri S&T and Mizzou would offer this flat rate and allow students to take 15 or 18 credit hours for the price of 12 credit hours.

As for next year, tuition fees at the four universities will increase by 4.5% for undergraduates. This means that a Mizzou student taking 15 credit hours will see an increase of $217.50 per semester. UMKC will increase tuition by $14 per credit hour, Missouri S&T by $14.30, and UMSL by $17.10 per credit hour.

Tuition fees for graduate students will also increase in all fields. Resident graduate students will pay an additional $20.70 per credit hour at Mizzou, $21.15 at UMKC, $22.50 at Missouri S&T, and $26.10 per credit hour at UMSL.

The Tories also agreed to continue with its ‘optional testing’ policy. This will allow students to be accepted into Mizzou and Missouri S&T without submitting a standardized test score. Last year, over 900 students were admitted to MU last year who did not submit a test score.


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