Nixon approves higher education budget

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed off on the fiscal year 2017 budget for higher education in the state. The budget will freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates for the 2016-2017 school year and provide an additional $71.3 million for higher education in Missouri, including scholarships, performance-based funding and institutional operating funds.

The budget also includes a $3.8 million funding cut to the University of Missouri System, a punitive legislative action born out of lawmakers’ frustration following turmoil at MU last fall.

Some legislators argue that the UM System’s share of the funding increase, which is about $17 million, will offset the $3.8 million cut. The cut will take effect in July.

“Today, I am very proud to mark another milestone for higher education in Missouri and our shared commitment to putting a quality, affordable college degree within reach for more Missouri families,” Nixon said.

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