CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approved tuition increases for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Board met on Friday, May 10 and approved an $11.75 per credit hour increase in in-state undergraduate tuition and a $1 per credit hour increase in the maintenance and repair general fee, bringing the total increase to $12.75 per credit hour.
In 2018, Student Government approved a three-year phased increase in the general fee to better support information technology, maintenance and repair and student wellness.
According to Southeast, the $1 general fee increase approved on Friday corresponds to the second year of the Student Government-recommended general fee increase and will help address deferred maintenance needs on campus identified in the recent University master plan.
“I am aware that the tuition and fee increase is higher than has been the case in the recent past,” Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said. “Unfortunately, the increase is necessary to ensure that we are able to continue providing the high-quality programs that our students have come to expect from Southeast.”
Under the new fee schedule, Southeast’s per credit hour tuition rates beginning in fall 2019 will be:
- Missouri resident undergraduate - $260
- Non-resident undergraduate - $461
- Online only undergraduate - $300
- Resident graduate students - $331
- Non-resident graduate students - $584
- Online-only graduate - $365
According to the University, tuition and general fees for lower division courses at the regional campuses will increase $3 per credit hour, bringing that rate to $178 per credit hour, which is consistent with area community college rates.
The Board also approved adding or modifying special course fees associated with six courses in chemistry and physics, removing course fees from five courses in computer science and transferring one course fee in management, all to take effect with the fall 2019 semester. These fees cover the cost of consumable supplies or expenses unique to a course.
They approved raising the program fees on high-cost academic programs, including business, nursing, computer science by $20 per credit hour, and on theatre and dance, communication disorders and mass media by $5 per credit hour.
In addition, the Board approved new electronic course material fees for seven courses through the IncludEd program, changed the cost on seven of these courses and eliminated the course fees on another using these electronic course materials.
One course in the IncludEd program has been re-numbered.
According to the University, IncludEd gives students a single sign-on to access the University’s learning management system and the electronic course materials directly from a publisher. These fees would not be revenue for the University but eliminate the need for a student to buy a code for an e-text from the bookstore and ensure faculty members that all students will have access to course materials on the first day of class.