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December 11, 1989


Kansas University will seek approval Thursday from the Kansas Board of Regents to increase housing rates and institute a fee for students at the Regents Center.

The board is scheduled to vote on the fee schedule amendments at its meeting Thursday in Topeka. The changes would take effect in the 1990-91 academic year.

KU officials have proposed that the annual fee charged each student living in nearly all of the double-occupancy residence hall rooms be increased $160 to $2,600.

The fee in four of six scholarship halls would be increased $120 to $1,984. The rate for a double-occupancy room in Jayhawker Towers would go to $2,608, a boost of $208.

A COLLEGE Board survey of college costs, which didn't take into account the proposed increases, indicated KU was a relatively low-cost institution this fall.

The annual cost to KU students was lower than the national average of $6,671. Expenses at KU fees, room and board, books and travel were estimated at $5,872.

A comparison of room and board in student housing showed the fee increased this fall by 4 percent at KU and 7 percent nationally, the survey showed.

The survey found housing costs at public institutions ranged from $3,039 to $3,898. KU's average cost was $2,336, which included 20 meals a week, linen and a telephone.

AT THE Regents Center in Overland Park, which offers classes to non-traditional students, a $10 per credit hour fee would be imposed to help pay for a new center.

The university is in the process of working with a Fairway architectural firm to design a $6 million building that would open for classes in fall 1992.

Since 1975, KU has operated the Regents Center in an old elementary school building. The new site, a 15-acre plot, was a gift from KU alumnus Clay Blair.

About 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students attend classes at the Regents Center.

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