JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri's universities to freeze undergraduate tuition next year while also proposing more state funding.
The governor says the budget he recommends next year will include an additional $36.7 million for public universities. The 5 percent funding increase would be distributed using a performance-based funding system.
Nixon announced the proposal Wednesday at Missouri State University in Springfield.
The governor called for a tuition freeze at four-year schools for Missouri undergraduates in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Previously, Missouri higher education institutions and Nixon reached an agreement to freeze tuition for the 2009-2010. The next year, public colleges and universities struck a deal to hold undergraduate tuition flat to avert deeper state funding cuts.