Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration, says the new rates reflect a balance between meeting financial obligations and keeping quality education affordable.
“We know that our expenses will rise next year,” Fessler said.
“We anticipate increased mandatory costs of approximately $800,000, we have begun filling vacant positions that resulted in salary savings of more than $3 million this year, and we continue to have critical deferred maintenance needs. But for the majority of our students, tuition will rise less than 2 percent next year.”
Tuition and general fees for in-state undergraduate students on the St. Joseph campus will increase $3.74 per credit hour, based on 15 credit hours per semester. The new rate of $216.60 per credit hour is 1.76 percent higher than the current rate.
In-state undergraduates taking classes at the Kansas City Northland campus or Penn Valley will pay $231 per credit hour, an increase of $3 per hour, or 1.32 percent.
Out-of-state undergraduates will pay $20 more per credit hour: $416.31 at the St. Joseph campus and $306 at the Kansas City campuses. Online undergraduate students will pay $15 more per credit hour. The new rates will be $251 for in-state students and $352 for out-of-state.
Graduate tuition will rise $20 per credit hour in most cases. The new rates for in-state graduate students will be $330.48 for students at the St. Joseph campus and $340 for students taking classes online or in Kansas City. Out-of state graduate students will pay $589.23 at the St. Joseph campus, $516 in Kansas City and $379 online.
Room rates will rise 1 percent for residents in Griffon Hall, Missouri Western’s newest residence hall, 2 percent in most other rooms, and 4.5 percent for single suites. The new rates will range from $2,082 to $3,131 per semester. Board rates will increase from 3.6 percent to 4.5 percent, depending on the meal plan selected by the student.