University of Missouri curators have voted to increase tuition at the four campus system an average of 5.5%, approving a tuition hike of 6.5% for the University of Missouri-Columbia. The credit-hour cost at MU will jump from $245.60 to $261.60.

Fees are going up as well, some substantially. Fees for the school of business will jump nearly 50% next year, an equal amount the following year. Fees at the School of Journalism will rise 22%. Students in health professions will see fees increase more than 18%. Fees for engineering students will rise nearly 12%.

Gov. Nixon released a statement on the action taken by the University of Missouri Board of Curators:

“This tuition proposal is well beyond the increase in the cost of living allowed by statute. Universities should look first at achieving every efficiency in their operations before taking this type of action that affects families’ ability to pay for higher education. This tuition proposal should get the scrutiny it deserves from the Commissioner of Higher Education.”