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Board of Governors sets tuition, room and board rates for next year

April 25, 2019—The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has approved tuition, room and board rates for the 2019-2020 school year.

For undergraduate, in-state students, tuition will rise 5.5 percent, or about $12.70 per credit hour, while all other required fees remain flat. A student taking 15 credit hours per semester will pay $191 more per semester in tuition and fees. The 5.5 percent increase is below the 6.17 percent allowed by state law.

All other rates, including online tuition, graduate tuition, out-of-state undergraduate tuition and tuition at locations other than the St. Joseph campus, will rise 5 percent.

Room rates will increase 2 to 3 percent, or $47 to $105 per semester, depending on the residence hall. The board rates will increase about 3 percent, or from $61 to $63, depending on the meal plan chosen.

For an in-state undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours and living in Scanlon Hall with an unlimited meal plan, total costs will increase $301 per semester.

Also Thursday:

  • The Board of Governors approved the installation of variable volume dampers on fume hoods in Remington and Agenstein Halls. The Board approved a bid of $722,600 from IHP Industrial, Inc., of St. Joseph for the dampers, which will reduce energy consumption for an annual utility savings of up to $117,000.
  • The Board formally approved the naming of the “Drew H. Brown Arts Annex,” a proposed addition to Potter Hall. Brown, a St. Joseph resident, announced earlier this month a gift of $1 million to help fund the construction project.
  • Two new board members were sworn in. Al Landes and Rick Ebersold, both of St. Joseph, were appointed by Gov. Mike Parson last month.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit