JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of Missouri’s community colleges will try to keep tuition increases below $5 percredit hour next school year.

The Missouri Community College Association said the presidents and chancellors of the colleges have agreed to ask their boards of trustees to abide by the cap.

Gov. Jay Nixon praised the decision Tuesday during a news conference with community college officials in southwest Missouri.

Nixon has recommended a 7 percent state funding cut for Missouri’s public colleges and universities during the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Hal Higdon is president of Ozarks Technical Community College and chairman of the state community college organization. He says college leaders had anticipated a much larger cut, so they now likely can limit tuition increases to $5 per credit hour.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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