Topeka The Kansas Board of Regents today approved an 8 percent tuition increase for Kansas University students and endorsed a package of new financial aid programs.
The board also passed a $20 per credit hour fee for students at the KU School of Law. The fee will begin in fall 1993.
The tuition, fee and aid plan passed by the board was prepared by a committee appointed by regents.
Regents previously approved tuition increases for this fall of 10 percent for Kansas residents and 12.5 percent for non-residents at KU.
The board's action today will raise tuition in 1993-94 by 8 percent at KU, Wichita State University and Kansas State University. Tuition at the three other state universities will be raised 6 percent.
That means a KU resident undergraduate student will pay $786 a semester in 1993-94. A non-resident student at KU will pay $3,039 a semester.
A resident graduate student's tuition bill will rise to $990 a semester. The charge for a non-resident graduate student would be $3,269 a semester.
AT KU'S School of Medicine, the tuition increase will be held to 5 percent at the request of KU officials.
Robert Jerry, dean of KU's law school, said the law student fee will increase to $30 per credit hour in 1994-95 and $40 in 1995-96.
The money will be devoted to improving faculty salaries, the library, student services and financial assistance, Jerry said.
"The KU School of Law is seriously underfunded," he said. "If this situation is not corrected soon, the school's quality will suffer."
The fee will raise an estimated $300,000 in the first year, $450,000 in the second year and $600,000 in the following year if approved by the Legislature.
"We're anticipating success. There are a lot of lawyers over there," Regent Donald Slawson said.
The cost of the regents' financial aid proposal will escalate when phased in over four years.
THE PLAN contains:
$2.3 million for a need-based grant program for full-time students.
$500,000 to enhance the state scholarship program.
$126,000 for a 50 percent tuition waiver for Kansans who are National Merit and National Achievement scholars. Non-resident qualifiers will pay in-state tuition.
$288,000 for 72 non-resident tuition waivers for talented students, such as musicians, artists and athletes. Students will be charged the in-state rate. The number of waivers will grow to 280 in four years.
Jack Sampson, regents' chairman, objected to devoting one-third of the tuition waivers to university athletes. After phasing in the program, KU will have 25 athletic and 50 non-athletic tuition waivers.
"Are one-third of our students athletes?" Sampson said. "We should emphasize the academic side."
REGENT Charles Hostetler said university athletic departments are struggling to balance their budgets and be competitive in sports.
"This is a way to help them," he said.
Slawson, chair of the tuition and fees committee, said this waiver will assist minority students because many participate in intercollegiate athletics.
"The clear, positive implication is that when we help athletic departments we help minority students," he said.
"I don't think this is going to help minority athletes at all. This going to help the athletic budget," he said.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig defended the tuition waiver for athletes. KU's athletic department stays afloat only by raising about $3 million a year in donations, he said.