TOPEKA Resident undergraduates at Kansas University would face a 14.3 percent tuition increase this fall under a proposal made today by school officials.
The Kansas Board of Regents will vote on the proposal next month.
KU Provost David Shulenburger said the increase would be the last one under a five-year plan to increase tuition as a way to improve the school and provide needs-based tuition grants.
"Students feel like they are getting more for their money," Shulenburger told the regents.
He asked that the regents also consider a proposal by KU to provide a guaranteed-tuition plan, in which first-time freshman who complete their degrees in four years have the same base tuition costs throughout those four years. KU would like to start that plan in the fall of 2007.
For next fall, however, KU's proposed tuition increase means that a resident undergraduate taking 15 credit hours, would pay $2,756.25 in tuition, which is $344.25 more than the current amount of $2,412.
Tuition would also increase 12.2 percent for resident graduate students; 9.1 percent for non-resident undergraduates; and 8.5 percent for non-resident graduate students.
At KU-Medical School, the proposed increase would be 12.1 percent for resident graduate students and 8.5 percent for non-resident graduate students.
KU also proposes increasing student fees.