Kansas Board of Regents to vote on proposed tuition increases

Capitol Bureau

This week the Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to take a final vote on proposed tuition increases at all six state universities. 

Right now, in-state students attending the University of Kansas while taking 15 credit hours pay $4,909 in tuition. Under the proposed tuition hike, students would pay $5,046 per semester which is an increase of $137. The increase doesn’t include fees for books or meal plans. KU is proposing the highest increase of all the universities in Kansas.

At Wichita State, students would see their tuition increase by $82 each semester for the same 15-credit hour schedule. 

Pittsburg State University students would see a tuition increase of $73 per semester.

In a statement last month, PSU President Steve Scott said the increase is the lowest for the university in nearly 20 years saying “It ensures Pittsburg State remains one of the most affordable universities in the nation.” 

Emporia State is asking the regents for a $63 per semester increase, and K-State is proposing an increase of $51. 

Fort Hays State University is asking for the lowest increase of $48 per semester keeping it’s tuition the lowest in the state at less than $2,000 per semester.

The universities asked the Board of Regents for the tuition increases last month saying it’s needed since the legislature didn’t fully restore the 4 percent cuts from 2016. 

The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on the tuition increases Wednesday afternoon. 

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