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.