Audit finds Missouri campuses raise fees when they can’t raise tuition

Public campuses and universities in Missouri, hampered by a legal limit on tuition increases and dwindling state support, are resorting to increasing fees to raise money, a state audit found.

The audit, released Tuesday, emphasized what the schools have been highlighting for some time: Students and their families are being forced to shoulder a greater share of the cost of higher education in Missouri.

“Significant reductions in state appropriations have resulted in a greater portion of public higher education costs being passed along to students and families,” the audit said. “In addition, reductions in overall state grant aid, and specifically reductions in the amount of need-based aid, have also had a negative impact on the affordability of higher education for students in the state.”

In its response to the audit, the Department of Higher Education noted the law passed in 2007 limiting tuition increases to the rate of inflation, but pledged to continue efforts to keep costs down by enforcing the law.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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