The state of Missouri remains the national leader in college affordability.
The College Board's 2013 Trends in College Pricing report shows that tuition and fees at Missouri's public four-year institutions increased just 5 percent since 2008, which is lower than any other state in the nation.
In Kirksville, tuition at Truman State University has only seen an increase of 1.7 percent for in-state students over the past 5 years. Low tuition lets students attend college at an affordable price when they may not have been able to afford it otherwise.
"We live in a time when globally, students still need to have an education beyond high school, so when you look at that dynamic and you see the absolute importance of a higher education, then it must be affordable" said Regina Morin the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Truman State University.
Tuition for in-state Missouri students is not expected to see a rise in the upcoming years.