Analysis: Missouri residents pay up to 49.8 percent less to attend Division I schools than peers in other states

Missouri residents pay up to 49.8 percent less to attend a Missouri Valley Conference school and up to 36.5 percent less to attend an Ohio Valley Conference school than their counterparts in other states, according to a Higher Education Tribune’s analysis of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in 10 Midwest states. 

The Tribune compared in-state tuition at 115 schools. Seventy-nine are competitors in 10 athletic conferences, including five Division I schools, five Division II schools and one Division III school. Missouri has schools in four of those conferences.

How does Missouri’s in-state tuition compare by athletic conference? Missourians pay…

  • $7,001, or 49.8 percent, less to attend Missouri State University-Springfield in the Missouri Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend Illinois State University in the same league.
  • $4,018, or 36.5 percent, less to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the Ohio Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the same league.
  • $3,957, or 34.7 percent, less to attend Truman State University in the Great Lakes Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend University of Illinois-Springfield in the same league.

The in-state tuition differences were less pronounced in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where Northwest Missouri State University students pay 7.3 percent more than University of Nebraska-Kearney residents. Missouri Southern State University students, however, pay 19.3 percent less than those attending the Nebraska school. 

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Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference is a Division I conference that has 11 members. The analysis includes six of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Illinois State UniversityIllinois18,643$14,061
Southern Illinois Univ.- CarbondaleIllinois12,182$13,481
Western Illinois UniversityIllinois8,543$12,655
Indiana State UniversityIndiana11,202$8,746
University of Northern IowaIowa10,104$8,309
Missouri State Univ.- SpringfieldMissouri20,316$7,060

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Ohio Valley Conference

The Ohio Valley Conference is a Division I conference with 12 members. The analysis includes six of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Southern Illinois Univ.- EdwardsvilleIllinois11,720$11,008
Eastern Illinois UniversityIllinois5,957$11,580
Eastern Kentucky UniversityKentucky14,293$8,868
Morehead State UniversityKentucky9,752$8,496
Murray State UniversityKentucky8,877$8,400
Southeast Missouri State UniversityMissouri10,693$6,990

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Great Lakes Valley Conference

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is a Division II conference with 15 members. The analysis includes five of those schools. 

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Illinois-SpringfieldIllinois2,959$11,413
University of Southern IndianaIndiana9,585$7,605
University of Missouri- St. LouisMissouri13,898$9,394
Missouri Univ. of Science & TechnologyMissouri6,906$9,057
Truman State UniversityMissouri6,039$7,456

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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a Division II conference with 14 members. The analysis includes five of those schools. 

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMissouri5,628$7,343
Missouri Western State UniversityMissouri5,120$7,330
University of Central MissouriMissouri9,786$7,322
University of Nebraska- KearneyNebraska5,056$6,844
Missouri Southern State UniversityMissouri6,231$5,523

Source for all: U.S. Department of Education

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