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For the first time since 2009, the Missouri House of Representatives refused to approve the higher education budget bill. The main sticking point for House Republicans surrounded a section on DACA students receiving in-state tuition.

Currently, the budget requires undocumented immigrants with DACA status in Missouri to pay international rates at colleges.

House Democrats and Republicans engaged in a passionate debate over this section on Thursday.

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Missouri higher education will receive more funding under a tentative budgement agreement discussed Tuesday.

At a budget conference committee meeting, lawmakers agreed to added $1 million in core funding to colleges like University of Central Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University and Lincoln University.

The budget also includes $10 million for the UM Precision Medicine Initiative. In a change from previous years, universities will be able to give in-state tuition to students who are undocumented immigrants.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson, along with several other lawmakers and public officials, visited Signature Packaging and Paper in Jackson today as part of a statewide tour to promote a new piece of legislation regarding workforce development.


Fast Track, a financial aid program, would increase financial access to working-age adults to receive higher education. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), creating this program would require a statutory change.

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The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education will be known as Cape College Center now. The advisory committee approved the new name on October 6.

Cape College Center is made up of three institutions which includes Southeast Missouri State University, Mineral Area College and Three Rivers College. The partnership allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Arts degree. Students can also work on their general education studies.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says a staff survey of 440 colleges and universities regarding campus sexual assaults has found that 41 percent of those responding “have not conducted a single investigation in five years” despite allegations by possible victims.

That finding is disturbing, McCaskill told reporters Wednesday because it means those colleges "are saying there are zero instances of sexual assault, which is hard to believe."