Topeka — A 7 percent tuition increase at KU would go into effect in fall 1995, if the Kansas Legislature approves it.
State residents will pay $58 more a semester to attend Kansas University in 1995-96 if the Legislature accepts a Kansas Board of Regents proposal.
After sifting through the fine print of a half-dozen tuition proposals, the regents agreed today on a 7 percent tuition climb for KU undergraduates.
That means that the tuition charge at KU will climb to $883 per semester in 1995-96. The Legislature already had mandated a 5 percent increase for the 1994-95 academic year.
"Most students don't jump for joy when tuition increases, but this one is different," said Sherman Reeves, KU student body president
He said the difference is that 2 percent of the increase would come directly back to KU and be spent on academic equipment.
Under the regents tuition plan, which is subject to legislative approval, tuition for resident undergraduates at KU and Kansas State would increase 7 percent.
At Wichita State University the rate would rise 5 percent.
Increases at the other three regents universities -- Emporia State, Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State -- would be 3 percent.
All non-resident tuition at state universities would go up 7 percent, a fact that generated concern among regents and higher education officials.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig said huge increases in non-resident tuition in recent years was impinging on the ability of KU and Kansas State to attract students from out of state.
Regent Sidney Warner said tuition increases and imposition of special fees would soon lead prospective students to say, "Whoa! I'm going somewhere else."
Meanwhile, regents agreed to ask the Legislature for permission to:
- Allow tuition waivers for 105 Kansas residents who are National Merit semifinalists or achieved recognition in comparable black and Hispanic scholarship programs. Forty of the waivers would go to KU.
- Implement a supplemental tuition charge of $85 a credit hour for KU's new Doctor of Pharmacy program.
- Increase the special fee assessed KU law students from $30 a credit hour to $40 a credit hour.
- Allow Pittsburg State to charge selected students from nine Oklahoma and Missouri counties the resident tuition rate.
Several regents registered strong reservations about the precedent that would be set by the tuition waiver proposal made by Pittsburg State president Don Wilson.
"I'll almost get down on my knees and plead for this one," he said.