Tuition and Parking Fees Increase Fall 2015

Khadijah Forrest, The Black Bear – Returning Missouri State University students and incoming freshmen will see an increase in tuition and parking fees this upcoming fall semester.

The MSU Board of Governors approved the 2015-2016 tuition and fees for the Springfield and West Plains campuses at last month’s meeting on March 12.

For the Springfield campus, in-state students should expect an increase of $1 per credit hour while out-of-state students and graduate students will see an estimated increase of 2 percent.

Students can find a more detailed chart of tuition and fees at

Although, MSU has increased tuition to approximately $7,060 a year based on 30 credit hours, the university remains below the state and national averages according to the Missouri State University news blog.

imageIn addition, parking permits have increased for the first time since 2006. Students, faculty, and staff should expect a 20 percent increase effective July 1.

However, some students are opposed to this price change to park on campus.

“We come here, we’re paying to go here. We should be provided the things we need to be comfortable to go here,” said Emage Grant, fashion design and merchandising major.

“Whether it has to be parking or sitting down to be comfortable, anything,” Grant continues. “We’re the ones paying to go here. Why should it have to be somebody else’s opinion on what they want and what they feel is suppose to be best?”

Many students are not only concerned about the cost, but also not being able to find a parking spot.

Alexander Shaw, early childhood development major and a MSU commuter expressed his feelings on the price change.

“I mean it’s $96 for a whole year right? So if I have to pay $30 to the $96, I don’t like that,” Shaw explained. “That equals almost to 120 something dollars for a parking permit and I barely get to park anywhere.”

President Clif Smart wrote on his blog “Clif’s Notes” as to why he recommended the Board of Governors increase the parking permits on campus.

Smart explained that parking fees are collected revenue to pay for expenses such as maintenance, the staff who takes part in working on the lots and facilities.

“I pay to park on campus just as you do, and the cost of my reserved spot will increase by $30,” Smart quoted on his blog.

These new parking permit prices can be found on “Clif’s Note” on the Missouri State website.

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