|Restriction of Fees in Addition to Tuition
Responsible Office: Division of Finance & Business Services
The University of Missouri Board of Curators has approved a change in tuition structure effective Fall Semester 2023 to simplify students’ bills and eliminate course fees through use of differential tuition tiers. This policy sets out the procedures necessary for the University to maintain alignment with Collected Rule 230.010 and RMSO 173.1003 with respect to section 10 which states:
|When an approved public institution, as such term is defined in section 173.1102, utilizes differentiated tuition, the public institution shall notify the department of higher education and workforce development of the institution’s decision and shall, at the point of implementation, no longer utilize required course fees. Course fees may still be utilized by any public institution until such decision is formally announced to the department and implemented.
Procedures for charges to students related to their enrollment in for credit University offerings.
Beginning Fall 2023, required course fees, historically often referred to as supplemental fees, will be incorporated into the overall cost of tuition. The categories below outline the key areas of student charges that remain outside of tuition and are collected through the student account (bill).
- Fines and Penalties: Students may be charged a fine or penalty as outlined in university policies and procedures and may include, but not be limited to, overdue books, parking, property damage, or disposal of abandoned property.
- Books and materials: It is an expectation that instructors will provide students with a list of materials that will be needed during their course. Materials may include but are not limited to books, software, or other materials that can be purchased through a vendor at the student’s discretion.
- Licensure and accreditation: Some degrees require students to take a licensure or accreditation exam/screening. Those exam/screening fees may be charged to the student by the University when funds collected are passed through from the University to the accrediting agency.
- Site based programming (e.g., study abroad, field camps): Students may be charged a program fee based on the cost of travel, room and board, safety, direction, student support, insurance and other costs related to providing the experience above and beyond the costs associated with a similar credit bearing experience on campus or online.
Role of Division of Finance and Business Services
- Oversight of application of tuition rates as approved by the Board of Curators.
- Interpretation of whether additional fees and charges are permissible.
- Manage the charges that are allowed to be collected through the student account.
- Provide access to an e-commerce system.
Role of Faculty and Departments
Neither departments nor instructors should collect fees directly from students. If fees are needed to cover a special element of a course, instructors should work with department and college leaders to cover those costs. If the fee is in alignment with a criterion stated in sections 1 – 4, and is approved to be charged by the department rather than through the student account, then the department is required to utilize one of the university e-commerce systems to collect these charges.