Editorial: ‘Just work and school’: Tuition hike would hurt working-class Missouri families
The Missouri House lifted tuition caps for our public universities last week, and if the Senate follows suit, college will get even less affordable for the working families that lawmakers always say they care about.
The financial hit families took due to Covid-19 already caused many to reconsider college options, making this a particularly bad time to raise tuition.
During House debate last week, Maysville Republican Rep. J. Eggleston argued that schools already have enough funding. They don’t; in fact, Missouri already ranks near the bottom in funding for higher education.
Lawmakers in the House didn’t put students first. A tuition increase takes the pressure off the legislature to provide funding and puts the onus on schools.