Press Release: During visit to nationally-recognized Lincoln Prep Academy, Gov. Nixon discusses efforts to make college more affordable


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Nov. 20, 2014

During visit to nationally-recognized Lincoln Prep Academy, Gov. Nixon discusses efforts to make college more affordable

Missouri again leading all 50 states in holding down tuition increases at public four-year universities, Gov. Nixon announces

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s efforts to make college more affordable are paying off in big ways for students and families, Gov. Jay Nixon told students, faculty and staff today at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City. A report released last week by The College Board found Missouri once again leading all 50 states in holding down tuition increases at public universities. The Governor also congratulated the school for being named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The national award honors schools whose students achieve at very high levels or who have made significant progress to close gaps in achievement.

“This is truly one of Missouri’s outstanding public schools,” Gov. Nixon said. “And with more than 90 percent of students here at Lincoln Prep going on to college, we are working hard to make sure they won’t have to take on a mountain of debt. After we froze tuition again for the third time in six years, this most recent national report shows that our efforts to make Missouri a national leader in college affordability continue to pay real dividends for students and families across our state.”

Gov. Nixon has made public education a top priority of his administration.  In addition to making record investments in K-12 classrooms and expanding access to early childhood education, Gov. Nixon has worked with Missouri’s public higher educational institutions to hold down tuition by securing three tuition freezes during his tenure. According to data released by the College Board last week, tuition and fees at Missouri’s public four-year institutions have increased just 7% since 2008, the smallest percentage increase in the nation.

More than 91 percent of Lincoln Prep graduates went on to pursue higher education in 2014, significantly higher than the state average. The Governor also applauded the school for scoring a 100 percent on the Missouri School Improvement Program, new, more difficult state standards implemented last year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. The U.S. Department of Education says the award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

Percent change in Tuition & Fees in 2014 Dollars, by State

2008-2009 to 2014-15

Public Four-year institutions

Missouri 7.08%
Maine 7.68%
Montana 8.63%
Maryland 8.95%
Ohio 10.05%
New Jersey 11.68%
Iowa 12.76%
Oklahoma 12.85%
North Dakota 13.58%
Nebraska 14.77%
Indiana 15.35%
South Carolina 15.75%
Minnesota 16.86%
Vermont 17.38%
Illinois 17.65%
Texas 17.83%
Pennsylvania 18.12%
Arkansas 18.12%
Wyoming 18.46%
Wisconsin 19.29%
Michigan 20.43%
Alaska 21.14%
Connecticut 21.98%
Massachusetts 22.71%
South Dakota 24.00%
Kansas 24.21%
Kentucky 24.58%
New Mexico 26.43%
Delaware 27.48%
Mississippi 28.05%
Rhode Island 30.65%
West Virginia 30.66%
New York 31.46%
New Hampshire 31.96%
Oregon 32.17%
Idaho 32.17%
Virginia 32.74%
Utah 33.41%
Nevada 34.75%
Tennessee 38.68%
North Carolina 40.39%
Alabama 46.50%
Colorado 51.24%
Florida 53.29%
Hawaii 54.43%
Washington 55.65%
California 55.79%
Louisiana 65.78%
Georgia 67.82%
Arizona 71.92%
District of Columbia 84.08%

SOURCE: The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2014


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