Governor Jay Nixon has reached an agreement with Missouri's 4-year colleges and universities that would keep funding flat for 2010 in exchange for a pledge not to raise tuition.
"While students in many other states are likely to face double-digit tuition increases next year, Missouri students can rest assured that their tuition rates will stay the same. It will take more of these innovative, collaborative agreements to get our economy moving in the right direction," said Governor Nixon in a statement Wednesday.
"This agreement is a real investment in Missouri’s economy and our future. I commend Gov. Nixon for bringing everyone to the table to develop a solution that puts Missouri’s students first." said Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel.
Lawmakers will have the final say when they craft the budget.
Nixon is touring the state today, but won't be in Springfield, to tout the agreement.
Nietzel held a media availability Wednesday afternoon.
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