|Gov. Nixon Proposes More Higher Education Funding|
Friday, October 25, 2013 (270 reads)
October 21, 2013/Associated Press
By Chris Blank
JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday he will propose a significant funding boost next year for colleges and universities and new resources for financial aid and scholarship programs.
Nixon did not specify the amount of additional money he will recommend for the 2015 budget he presents in January but said he wants "to be aggressive with the funding." He said the proposal will call for institutions to receive the extra money based on performance.
Speaking to higher education leaders in an office building ballroom across the street from the Governor's Mansion, Nixon said post-secondary education is not a luxury for a few but a necessary option for many. He said an affordable higher education should be within reach for all students and that education is the best economic development tool available.