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Students Seek Alternate Ways to Cover Cost of College

College tuition is on a steady increase, leaving many students wondering how they will afford the cost. Tuition in Missouri is among the lowest in the united states.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The words 'college tuition' could scare some people away from a degree, but not Jordan Alford.

Alford, a Central High School senior, spent the afternoon at Missouri Western State University finding ways to pay for her college education.

"I want to be able to go to the college of my choice and still be able to fund it," said Alford.

Paying for college is an on-going battle for many students and families.

In-state tuition at Missouri Western costs $6,112 per academic school year.

"Missouri Western tends to run a little less than other institutions," said Peggy Payne, Assistant Director of Admissions.

But, tuition at the university is still a concern for many.

"Cost is very, very important and a very sensitive issue to families today just because of rising costs in everything else," said Payne.

Payne said students, like Alford, come to her worried about tuition.

"Really expensive. I think a lot of them have unnecessary costs, but at the same time, there's a lot of funding they do need to be able to get people started off in their journeys in the workforce," said Alford.

In the last five years, tuition in Missouri has increased five percent.

That's the lowest hike in the United States, but prices could still rise.

Alford, among many others, will continue to look for alternate ways to cover the cost of college.

"If  they just research and ask college reps, or their admissions reps, lots of avenues that students aren't aware of, and even parents. And, if they explore, they're going to find it's not nearly as expensive as they initially think," said Payne.

The average price of tuition, at a four-year public university in Missouri, is a little more than $8,000 a year.

Governor Jay Nixon wants it to stay that way.

He has suggested freezing tuition at public universities in exchange for a $36 million boost to funding for higher education.
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