Western students possibly receiving tuition refund

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Missouri Western undergraduate students who are residents of Missouri may have some money coming their way in the near future.

The Western Board of Governors will be polled anonymously to decide whether or not to refund 1.74 percent of tuition, or $3.35 per credit hour, to resident undergraduate students. If passed, the tuition increase will also be permanently removed going forward.

This proposal is at the recommendation of Western administrators.

According to Kent Heier, assistant director of public relations and marketing, in an email distributed to the media, the poll was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24, but was postponed. The poll was rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Heier said that while the phone poll was postponed, the administration was continuing to gather information about the tuition refund and adjustment.

This possible tuition refund is a result of a budget readjustment after Western was officially slated to receive about $650,000 three weeks ago.

When making a budget plan for this semester, two were created – one planning for reception of state funds and one without the state funds.

In June when the budget was finalized, Western was still not officially receiving any state funds, so tuition was increased for resident undergraduate students.

Now that Western has received the state funding, Western administrators are recommending the raise in tuition is refunded to students and the increase is removed.

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