University of Missouri System will raise tuition

University of Missouri System curators agreed Thursday to raise tuition and required fees 1.7 percent for in-state undergraduates at all four campuses, beginning this summer.

The increase will add about $160 to student costs in the 2013-2014 academic year. But that does not include the increases being imposed on dormitory living and food.

For undergraduates at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the annual base tuition plus fees that all students pay will go from $8,926 to $9,076, the lowest of all the campuses.

Students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will pay the highest amount, $9,450.

At UMKC and in Columbia, graduate students and out-of-state undergraduates also will see a tuition/fee increase of 1.7 percent, equal to inflation. The increases are more on the Rolla and St. Louis campuses.

“The base tuition is the sticker price, but it is important to factor in grant and scholarship aid,” said Nikki Krawitz, vice president of finance and administration, who presented the increases during the curators’ board meeting at UMKC.

Based on 2012 data, the average grant aid for UMKC students was $4,546. If that amount holds for the coming year, the average student will pay less than half the posted costs.

Depending on what courses a student takes, though, the sticker price could be higher. Curators also approved increases in activity, facility and health service fees, plus varying increases for certain courses, professional schools and laboratory use.

Rates for the predominant housing and dining plan jumped between 1.3 percent on the St. Louis campus and 3 percent in Columbia. UMKC students will pay 2.5 percent more to live and eat on campus.