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The Governor plans to continue tuition freeze

Date: November 17, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Governor Nixon says Missouri residents will not see an increase in college tuition.
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Wrap: Governor Nixon negotiated a deal with Missouri colleges to keep tuition the same for in-state undergraduate students.

Governor Nixon's spokesman Scott Holste (HOLE-STEE) says the deal is an extension of last year's tuition freeze.

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Description: "Freezing tuition for Missouri families is a big step the Governor took last year with presence, and really believes that this is a way that we can help with the continued recovery."

Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education Paul Wagner agrees and says the tuition freeze was continued to help Missouri families.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  Governor Nixon says Missouri colleges will not raise tuition for the upcoming school year.
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Wrap: Missouri colleges worked out an agreement with Governor Nixon to keep tuition for in-state students the same as long as he keeps funding stable.

Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education Paul Wagner says this tuition freeze was continued to help keep college affordable.

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Description: "Ya know, historically higher education has taken the brunt of state cuts whenever the budget has been in a deficit situation, and I think his commitment to higher education is such that he wanted to prevent that from happening."

Governor Nixon's spokesman Scott Holste (HOLE-STEE) says the agreement is subject to the General Assembly's vote.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  Missouri colleges agree not to increase funding this next school year in order to receive stable funding.
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Wrap: Governor Nixon announced college tuition will not go up for the second year in the row.

Governor Nixon's spokesman Scott Holste (HOLE-STEE) says college agreed to take a five percent cut in state funding.

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Description: "They realize that with the difficult budget situation we have that this is something that will keep their funding relatively stable."

Holste says the agreement still needs approval of the General Assembly and the institution's governing boards.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.


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