Topeka A Kansas Board of Regents committee has agreed to study granting tuition breaks to academically talented non-resident university students including scholarship athletes.
The Tuition and Fees Committee is responsible for recommending tuition rates and tuition policy changes to regents that would apply to the 1992-93 academic year. The committee must report its findings to the board in April.
Regent Charles Hostetler said the state should create a new program that allows a certain number of non-resident students to pay the in-state tuition rate if they attend Kansas University or one of the other five regents' universities.
He said if athletes were included in the program it would relieve athletic corporations of the financial burden of using private scholarship funds to pay the higher out-of-state tuition rate for non-resident athletes.
"You've got to define `gifted and talented' in such a way that you don't offend the academic community," said Warren Armstrong, Wichita State University president. "This ought to also be open to people who are talented, say, musically."
THE COMMITTEE composed of university officials and students and regents decided not to consider a proposal to also charge non-resident students living in counties contiguous to Kansas the in-state tuition rate.
Hostetler said KU and Pittsburg State University officials have been interested in this concept because they enroll large numbers of Missouri and Oklahoma students who reside just over the Kansas border.
"Why do we want to give a discount to Jackson County (Missouri)?" said Regent Donald Slawson. "We've raised non-resident tuition fairly dramatically and it hasn't seemed to impact non-resident enrollment."
At Slawson's urging, the committee didn't discuss how much tuition might be raised in the fall of 1993. The committee could take that issue up at a meeting next month, he said.
HOSTETLER said the tuition rate hike for the regents' three regional universities Emporia State, Fort Hays State and PSU shouldn't be as high as the increase for the doctoral schools Kansas State, WSU and KU.
Slawson also said tuition and fees charged Kansas resident students at the KU law school are too low. This year in-state law students pay $1,003 a semester, which is 65 percent of the average paid by law students at KU's five "peer" universities.
The peer average for tuition and fees is $1,530 a semester. At the peer universities, tuition and fee charges range from $657 a semester at the University of North Carolina to $2,509 at the University of Oregon.
"The KU law school's in-state rate is extremely low," Slawson said. "We're not talking about a lot of money, but it just looks too low."
THE COMMITTEE agreed to consider:
A proposed tuition waiver program for employees of the Board of Regents and its institutions, employees' spouses and their dependents.
A financial aid task force report that includes the idea of creating a need-based grant program for regents' university students.