Governor Nixon strikes the same deal with the state’s community colleges that he’s struck with the state’s four-year schools—if they freeze their tuitions for the 2010-11 school year, he will not recommend deep budget cuts. But he does plan to cut funding for community colleges by about five percent or about $8 million.
Nixon announced a similar deal with Missouri’s eleven four-year state universities last week. Missouri has nineteen community colleges. Nixon says Linn State Technical College, the state’s only technical two year school, also has agreed to the deal.
Nixon was vague about whether schools could increase tuitions if the legislature makes cuts greater than the Governor’s recommendations..