By Jeff Murphy, May 29, 2020
WARRENSBURG, MO – In a virtual meeting May 27, the University of Central Missouri’s
Board of Governors approved room and board rates, and adopted a preliminary Fiscal
Year 2021 budget projecting an estimated $17.5 million gap in unrestricted general
operating revenue before adjustments. The proposed budget is part of a three-year
approach to align revenues with expenses to address financial challenges that have
emerged from COVID-19, including a projected 10 percent reduction in state funding
for FY2021 and uncertainty related to the student enrollment outlook following the
In his budget presentation, Bill Hawley, vice president for finance and operations,
forecast revenues to be approximately $15 million less for UCM in FY21. The university
also must address $2.5 million in extra expenses associated with increases in the
university’s contribution rates to the Missouri State Employees Retirement System
(MOSERS); funding for scholarships and waivers; faculty promotions and lower limit
increases; student minimum wage adjustments and other compensation pool changes; software
maintenance and other contract inflationary increases; and increased costs associated
with medical reimbursements.
The total unrestricted revenue projection for FY21 is $133 million, down from $145.8
in FY20. This revenue estimate considers the expected decrease in state support from
$53.7 million in FY20 to $48.9 million in FY21, after the governor’s 3 percent withhold;
the FY21 board-approved rate for student instructional and general fees that was previously
approved; and a student-credit-hour forecast of 229,156, which is about 9 percent
less than the current fiscal year.
As the university looks for ways to address the budget deficit, tuition and fee rates
are anticipated to generate an additional $2.2 million, and more than $4.3 million
in cost reductions are being targeted for FY21. Additionally, the university will
consider using institutional reserves and other possible measures including the elimination
of positions (primarily vacant), reduction in the number of graduate assistantships
and student hours worked, and a decrease in other operating costs. College- and unit-based
adjustments will continue to be identified and finalized in preparation for the final
While across-the-board salary increases are not planned for FY21, university leadership
has recommended that the student worker minimum wage be increased to $9.00 per hour
effective July 1, 2020. It also recommends funding faculty promotion raises and adjustments
to faculty salaries per the faculty compensation model.
More information about the budget will be provided to the campus community as information
is available about state support, and how it impacts the overall financial outlook
for UCM. The university begins the new fiscal year on July 1, 2020.
In setting room and board rates for FY21, the board maintained meal plans at the FY20 rate, which is $1,675 for a silver plan, $1,775 for a gold plan, and $1,975 for a platinum plan. All residence hall rooms will be single occupancy to help practice social distancing, although students can request a suitemate if mutually agreeable. Students in single-occupancy rooms will be charged the double occupancy rate, which is less expensive than single occupancy. By board action, single occupancy room rates are going up 4.14 percent, and double occupancy rooms will increase by 4.17 percent. Rates for apartments are increasing 4.46 percent to 4.84 percent, depending on location.