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March 29, 2013St. Joseph, MO |  By: AP

Missouri Western Tuition Increase

In-state tuition will increase about 2 percent at Missouri Western State University beginning in the fall.

The university's governing board on Thursday approved the increase of about $3.74 more per credit hour. The board also approved increases from 1 percent to 4.5 percent in room and board and 3.6 percent to 4.5 percent for food costs. A budget official said Western is anticipating nearly $800,000 in mandatory increases in utility costs, health insurance, retirement and software and hardware contracts. The school also would like to offer faculty and staff a pay raise for the first time in three years. The tuition increase is expected to raise an estimated $850,000. Resident students currently pay $212.86 per credit hour when fees are added to tuition.