Chancellor John F. Carney III decried the state’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education decision to support the disbursement method of Access Missouri funds, at the Missouri S&T Faculty Senate’s meeting Thursday.


Chancellor John F. Carney III decried the state’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education decision to support the disbursement method of Access Missouri funds, at the Missouri S&T Faculty Senate’s meeting Thursday.

In a 5-1 vote, board members decided to keep the current method of distribution, essentially throwing their weight against an effort by Gov. Jay Nixon to flatten the system.

“The public universities in the state are united. Their opinion is the amount of funds given to the individual student should be the same amount,” said Carney.

Access Missouri, a state scholarship fund, was created by law in 2007. It set up a pool of scholarship money for Missouri students, with maximum allowances st at $2,150 for student at public universities and $4,600 for students at private universities.

“The amount a student gets should not be effected by what school they choose to attend,” said Carney.

A bill is being considered in both the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate that would even out scholarships for students at $2,850, regardless of what university they attend. The Coordinating Board’s decision contradicts these efforts.

Neither bill would change the system until at least school year 2014-2015.

Asked how the disproportionate system was written into law, Carney commented that private institutions have the lobbying power that public schools don’t.