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Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 1996

REGENTS LIMIT TUITION WAIVERS

July 10, 1996

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A board member says the move is just one response to a tight budget.

Students at Kansas University and five other public universities in Kansas will have to make do with $4.5 million less in tuition waivers.

In response to a plea from Gov. Bill Graves and the Kansas Legislature, the Kansas Board of Regents will cut 17 percent out of the $27.8 million budget for tuition waivers.

Waivers permit nonresident graduate assistants, military personnel, dependents of university employees and others to enroll at a regents university while paying the in-state tuition rate.

At KU, for example, the difference between tuition assessed a resident and nonresident graduate student is $2,700 a semester. Over a two-year period, a grad student on a waiver could save $10,000.

Stephen Jordan, regents executive director, said Tuesday that it was appropriate to take a hard-nosed approach to waivers.

"When things are as tight as they are, we need to take a look at everything," he said.

With the exception of a pending review of international student waivers, regents won't likely reduce remaining waiver programs.

"I don't see the board doing future cuts," Jordan said.

KU officials began the process in 1995 by deciding to limit student waivers to graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants.

Eliminating this perk for out-of state students working as resident hall assistants or in campus offices will reduce KU waivers by approximately $1 million in the 1996-97 academic year.

Meanwhile, regents will save $800,000 by requiring university employees to have a full-time appointment before dependents are eligible for a waiver.

In the past, spouses of students working less than half-time were granted tuition breaks.

"I think everyone agreed that the intent was that the waiver apply to full-time employees," Jordan said.

He said additions and deletions in reporting of tuition waivers would account for the balance.

Adding the monetary value of an academic exchange program with Missouri will reduce by $1.1 million the net impact of regents university waivers.

Regents deleted $1.2 million to reflect reimbursement of tuition waived for students whose positions were funded by external grants and contracts.

About $200,000 was cut by eliminating the reporting as a waiver classes audited by senior citizens for no course credit.

Implementation of credit-hour tuition payment this fall did away with another $200,000 in waivers for university employees who had been allowed to pay on a credit-hour basis for years.

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