Missouri audit: Less state help hurts college affordability

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri audit says less money from the state has meant students and families are shouldering more costs for public higher education.

Auditor Nicole Galloway released a report Tuesday that found full-time students paid 25 percent more in net tuition and fees in fiscal year 2015 to go to public four-year schools than in fiscal 2009.

That’s partly because state appropriations for four-year schools declined 19 percent per full-time student during that time. Missouri’s public colleges and universities can’t hike tuition above the rate of inflation, so Galloway’s office says schools are increasing some fees to raise money.

The audit says supplemental fees have gone up 112 percent per full-time student.

According to the audit, schools also are recruiting more out-of-state and international students, who often pay higher tuition.

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