Topeka - State regents today voted to charge Kansas University's resident students 5 percent more in tuition this fall semester.
The semester charge will be $825, which is a better deal than nonresident students received. They'll absorb a 13 percent tuition hike and pay $3,497 a semester.
"If you're a student, it's inevitably held out as too high," said Ray Hauke, the regents' budget director. The vote on 1994-95 tuition rates was anticlimactic because the Legislature had instructed regents where to set KU's rates.
In accordance with lawmakers' wishes, tuition will rise 5 percent at KU, Kansas State and Wichita State. The increase will be 3 percent at Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Emporia State.
Meanwhile, regents unveiled proposals for tuition increases in the 1995-96 academic year. Final action is expected next month.
Here's the idea:
- 7 percent increase for all students at KU and KSU.
- 5 percent jump for residents and 7 percent raise for nonresidents at WSU.
- 3 percent increase for residents and 7 percent boost for nonresidents at ESU, PSU and FHSU.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig said he liked the proposed tuition rates for KU.
"For a major research university, 7 percent for a resident would be comparable to what you'd see elsewhere," he said.
He said another double-digit tuition increase for nonresident students at KU would be a mistake. He can see the effect of several steep tuition increases.
"It's our belief we're beginning to see an impact in terms of applications," he said.
The chancellor urged the board to slice off 2 percent of the new tuition revenue at KU and target it for operating expenses. Universities of comparable size and mission to KU have much larger operating budgets, he said.
"It is a fair and reasonable approach," Budig said.
The regents' tuition and fees committee also recommended that 105 tuition waivers be established for National Merit scholars. Under the plan, 40 of the waivers would be at KU.
The committee also proposed an $85 per credit hour fee to support KU's new doctor of pharmacy program and an increase of the KU law school's fee from $30 to $40 a credit hour. The fee is in addition to tuition.