Archive for Friday, May 15, 1992

RAISING RATES

May 15, 1992

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— A Kansas Board of Regents' committee has tentatively agreed to raise Kansas University tuition by 8 percent in fall 1993 and assess KU law students a new $20 fee.

In addition, the committee decided Thursday to moderate the impact of attending the KU School of Medicine by limiting the tuition increase there to 5 percent.

The Tuition and Fees Committee, made up of regents, university officials and students, is responsible for recommending fiscal 1994 tuition rates and reviewing proposals made by the Task Force on Financial Aid.

The committee has met monthly since February. It's unlikely the tentative recommendations will be altered before regents vote on them in June.

REGENTS already approved tuition increases for the next academic year of 10 percent for Kansas residents and 12.5 percent for non-resident students at KU.

Under the committee's plan for 1993-94, tuition would increase 8 percent at KU, Wichita State and Kansas State. It would rise 6 percent at the three other state universities.

A total of $2.8 million, generated by the tuition hike would be earmarked for student financial assistance programs. The total cost of the programs is $3.2 million.

Regent John Montgomery questioned the merit of charging students extra tuition to pay for assistance programs at public universities.

"It's a philosophical change of what has been done before," he said.

Ray Hauke, regents' budget director, said self-funded aid initiatives stand a better chance of gaining approval from the Legislature.

Regent Rick Harman suggested out-of-state tuition could be increased more than resident tuition to pay for any financial aid programs endorsed by the board.

"I'M OPPOSED to that," said Regent Charles Hostetler. "We've hit them (non-residents) hard. There is a major advantage with having a mix of people, particularly at our largest universities. I think enough is enough."

The tuition committee's plan contains:

$2.3 million to start the need-based Kansas Supplemental Grant Program. Students would be required to take the board's recommended curriculum to be eligible for awards.

$500,000 to enhance the state scholarship program.

$288,000 for 72 tuition waivers for "talented" non-resident students, such as musicians, artists and athletes. Students would be charged the in-state tuition rate.

$127,000 for a 50 percent tuition waiver for Kansans who are National Merit and National Achievement scholars. Non-resident scholars would pay the in-state tuition rate.

HAUKE SAID the committee proposes that the KU law school fee be increased from $20 in fiscal 1994 to $30 in fiscal 1995 and to $40 in fiscal 1996.

"The money would be used for a combination of faculty salary improvements, the law library and financial aid for law students," he said.

Regent Donald Slawson said tuition at the KU law school should be significantly increased.

"My feeling is that law school tuition is too low," he said.

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