Tuition and Fees
The Missouri Department of Higher Education annually collects and reports information on tuition and fees at Missouri's public and independent colleges and universities. Comprehensive tuition and fee schedules are collected annually from Missouri public institutions. Tuition and fee information is also available from independent institutions via reporting to the U.S. Department of Education.
Comprehensive Fee Data for Missouri Public Institutions
(Source: MDHE Comprehensive Fee Schedule)
Reported data for each institution include tuition and fees charged to typical full-time students, as well as per-credit hour tuition charged to most students, although other charges may be associated with certain programs and/or courses. For two-year institutions these totals are reported as charged to students within the college's taxing district (if applicable), as well as to students from elsewhere in-state and out-of-state. Totals for four-year institutions are reported as charged to undergraduate and graduate students from in-state (MO resident) and out-of-state (non-MO resident). MDHE Comprehensive Fee Schedule data is based on 30 credit hours annualized and is typically published in the July prior to the academic year.
Comprehensive Fee Data for all Missouri Institutions (Source: IPEDS Institutional Characteristics)
Reported data for each institution include tuition and fees charged to typical full-time students. These totals are reported as charged to undergraduate and graduate students from in-district, in-state, and out-of-state. IPEDS data is based on 24 credit hours annualized and is available only following the academic year.
Tuition and fees are set by the governing board of the individual institution, and are reported to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education for publication.
Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, if an institution's tuition and fee increase over the previous year exceeds an amount set by a formula which incorporates the average tuition among public four-year institutions in the state, as well as the national urban consumer price index (CPI-U), the institution must either remit five percent of its state appropriation or request a waiver from the Commissioner of Higher Education. If the Commissioner determines that a waiver is not warranted, a recommendation will be made to the Coordinating Board on the remission of funds up to five percent of state appropriations. The Coordinating Board will then make a binding and final decision on the matter.
For additional information or data, please contact Eric Chambers at 573.751.4799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Education Student Funding Act
In 2007, the Missouri legislature passed the Higher Education Student Funding Act (HESFA). The act provides for the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the commissioner of higher education to have a role in reviewing the tuition setting process.
Tuition is set by the governing board of each Missouri public institution of higher education. HESFA sets a limit on the amount by which an institution may increase its tuition based on the increase in the rate of inflation (CPI) and that institution’s existing tuition in relation to average tuition as defined by HESFA. Institutions that increase tuition above those limits must either return a portion of their state appropriations to the state or must ask the commissioner to waive the financial penalty in whole or in part.
In November 2011, Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell advised public institutions of the criteria that would be used when considering requests to waive the financial penalty. In December 2011, Commissioner Russell sent a letter to presidents and chancellors advising them of their institutions' status regarding the average statewide tuition. When institutions begin the process of requesting penalty waivers, the commissioner of higher education will have 45 days in which to respond after receiving a request.
Correspondence to and from individual institutions regarding HESFA matters are posted on this Web site. Click on the institution's name (below) to view the documents.
The public has 14 days to comment after an institution’s request for a waiver has been posted. Comments may be sent via e-mail to Info@DHE.mo.gov with “Tuition” as the subject line, or by mailing them to Missouri Department of Higher Education, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469. Comments will be forwarded to the appropriate institutions.