Regents Approve Flat Tuition Rate for 2009-2010 Academic Year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 3, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today voted not to raise fees for the coming academic year as part of an agreement between Missouri’s colleges and universities and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Today’s Board action will postpone the implementation of two dedicated student general fees previously approved by the Board. Fiscal year 2010 was scheduled to be the final year of a five-year implementation of a general fee for the Student Aquatic Center, athletics and student programming. This general fee was approved to increase by $2 per credit hour in fiscal 2010 for this purpose. The general fee also was previously approved to increase by another $1 per credit hour in fiscal year 2010 for maintenance and repair. This would have been the fourth year of a six-year implementation.

The action by Southeast’s Board of Regents today postpones these fees until fiscal year 2011.

The per credit hour incidental fee for in-state undergraduates will remain at $184.80 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 academic year, the Regents said. The per credit hour fee for undergraduates enrolled in lower level courses at Southeast’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston will remain at $119 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 academic year.

“Southeast continues to offer students a quality education at a cost that is well below the national average,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “At a time when students and families are faced with significant financial challenges, we want to offer every opportunity for students to access our University.”