The Value Option

Meyer Library and Hammons Fountain at night

The value proposition involves two ingredients: quality and affordability. Evaluating Missouri State’s quality and affordability, the university undoubtedly provides an extremely high value to its students and to the state of Missouri.


Quality

The first ingredient in the value proposition is a quality education. For its 111-year history, the university has consistently and continually improved its quality. Over the past two decades, that improvement has occurred at an accelerated rate.

In 1995, with the founding of Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), Missouri State became a selective admission institution — the result has been that the average ACT of Missouri State’s entering students has consistently topped 24.

Between 1995 and 2016, Missouri State has more than doubled its graduate programs and graduate students — many of these programs were in the health area, thus responding to a critical need in southwest Missouri.

To meet the needs of the state, Missouri State has collaborated on undergraduate and graduate programs with the University of Missouri, establishing a doctorate in educational leadership with the University of Missouri-Columbia, engineering programs with Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a PharmD with the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Missouri State also has entered into agreements with community colleges to ensure seamless opportunities for transfer students — Missouri State and OTC, for example, are often cited as the model relationship for cooperation.

As a result, enrollment has grown 19 of the past 21 years. More recently, Missouri State’s growth has been dramatic — system enrollment went from 21,688 in fall 2008 to a record-setting 26,000 in fall 2016, an increase of 20 percent.


Affordability

Missouri State’s undergraduate tuition and fees are in the lowest half of the state’s public four-year universities. Missouri State’s graduate tuition and fees are the second lowest of any of the state’s public universities.

From fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2017, Missouri State’s undergraduate resident tuition increased by 10.2 percent while inflation was 12.6 percent. Meanwhile, from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2016 public universities throughout the United States raised tuition and fees by an average of 42.6 percent.

During the same time period Missouri State University’s operating appropriation has increased by less than two percent, the state required the university to increase its contribution to MOSERS by over $4 million, and the university has increased its enrollment by 20 percent.

Missouri State’s tuition remains considerably below its peers. In fiscal year 2016, Missouri State tuition and fees were 25 percent below the average annual tuition and fees for public universities throughout the United States.


Missouri State takes pride in being the value option for higher education in the state of Missouri. The university’s student body has grown significantly and state appropriations have not kept pace. To continue providing quality education, the university has found creative ways to increase revenues through other sources, including enrollment growth (which results in increase gross receipts of tuition and fees, but also increased expenses), private support, student fees and increased international student enrollment.

This situation is not sustainable. Missouri State respectfully requests that the state implement a strategy to increase operating funding for Missouri State University year-over-year.

Figure B1: Missouri Comprehensive Fee Survey, Undergraduate
Institution nameIn-state 2015-16In-state 2016-17Out-of-state 2016-17
U of Missouri - St. Louis $10,065 $10,065 $26,277
Missouri U of Science and Technology $9,620 $9,629 $26,897
U of Missouri - Kansas City $9,553 $9,563 $23,363
U of Missouri - Columbia $9,509 $9,518 $25,892
Northwest Missouri State U $8,459 $9,179 $15,499
Truman State U $7,456 $7,456 $13,940
U of Central Missouri $7,322 $7,322 $13,767
Missouri State U $7,060 $7,060 $14,110
Lincoln U $7,042 $7,042 $13,432
Southeast Missouri State U $6,990 $6,990 $12,375
Missouri Western State U $6,652 $6,652 $13,080
Missouri Southern State U $5,877 $5,877 $11,283
Harris-Stowe State U $5,820 $5,820 $10,453
Figure B2: Missouri Comprehensive Fee Survey, Graduate
Institution nameIn-state 2015-16In-state 2016-17Out-of-state 2016-17
Missouri U of Science and Technology $10,537 $10,824 $28,570
U of Missouri - St. Louis $10,459 $10,668 $26,184
U of Missouri - Kansas City $9,587 $9,927 $23,558
U of Missouri - Columbia $9,506 $9,576 $24,286
Northwest Missouri State U $8,615 $9,191 $15,260
Truman State U $8,556 $8,714 $14,733
Missouri Western State U $8,256 $8,566 $14,926
Lincoln U $7,692 $7,692 $13,572
U of Central Missouri $7,559 $7,384 $14,066
Missouri Western State U $7,068 $7,116 $12,576
Missouri State U $7,030 $7,102 $13,342
Missouri Southern State U $6,266 $6,266 $9,266
Figure F: Higher Education Funding Comparison by State
StateFunding per public FTE student2015-16 In-state tuition and fees (Undergraduate)Total
Illinois $13,186 $13,190 $26,376
Alaska $18,559 $6,570 $25,129
Connecticut $12,568 $11,400 $23,968
Hawaii $13,742 $10,170 $23,912
New Jersey $7,847 $13,300 $21,147
Massachusetts $8,933 $11,590 $20,523
Wyoming $15,160 $4,890 $20,050
Vermont $4,522 $14,990 $19,512
New Hampshire $3,658 $15,160 $18,818
Delaware $6,741 $11,680 $18,421
Pennsylvania $4,970 $13,390 $18,360
Minnesota $7,527 $10,830 $18,357
Tennessee $8,909 $9,260 $18,169
North Dakota $10,450 $7,690 $18,140
Maryland $8,910 $9,160 $18,070
North Carolina $10,927 $6,970 $17,897
Virginia $6,046 $11,820 $17,866
South Carolina $6,018 $11,820 $17,838
Georgia $9,162 $8,450 $17,612
California $8,182 $9,270 $17,452
New York $9,702 $7,640 $17,342
Alabama $7,526 $9,750 $17,276
Maine $7,577 $9,570 $17,147
Rhode Island $5,669 $11,390 $17,059
Nebraska $9,362 $7,610 $16,972
United States $7,376 $9,410 $16,786
Kentucky $7,190 $9,570 $16,760
Washington $6,452 $10,290 $16,742
Michigan $4,625 $11,990 $16,615
Texas $7,471 $9,120 $16,591
Arkansas $8,507 $7,870 $16,377
Indiana $6,756 $9,120 $15,876
Ohio $5,510 $10,200 $15,710
New Mexico $9,196 $6,350 $15,546
Oklahoma $7,500 $7,450 $14,950
Mississippi $7,607 $7,150 $14,757
Louisiana $6,724 $7,870 $14,594
Iowa $6,687 $7,880 $14,567
Kansas $5,934 $8,530 $14,464
Arizona $3,809 $10,650 $14,459
South Dakota $6,286 $8,050 $14,336
Wisconsin $5,468 $8,820 $14,288
Idaho $7,252 $6,820 $14,072
Oregon $4,548 $9,370 $13,918
Missouri $5,348 $8,560 $13,908
Florida $7,511 $6,360 $13,871
West Virginia $6,668 $7,170 $13,838
Utah $7,466 $6,360 $13,826
Nevada $7,105 $6,670 $13,775
Colorado $4,010 $9,750 $13,760
Montana $6,153 $6,350 $12,503
Missouri State University $4,445 $7,060 $11,505