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Proposal for tuition breaks approved by committee

February 11, 2009

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— A House committee Tuesday approved legislation that could allow Kansas University to offer tuition breaks to out-of-state students.

The Higher Education panel approved the measure over the objections of state Rep. Joe McLeland, R-Wichita.

McLeland said no one knew how much the proposal would cost the state and that the legislation was written so broadly it would allow universities to issue tuition waivers for any group of students.

“Nobody has a clue what the cost is going to be over the years,” he said.

But state Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, said the universities wouldn’t be asking for the proposal unless they thought they could make money from it.

He also noted that each proposal for a tuition waiver program had to be approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. “Do we trust the regents to make that decision?” he said.

House Bill 2007 would allow the regents to authorize any higher education institution to award grants to students in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and waivers of fees and tuition.

KU has proposed a program called the Jayhawk Generations Tuition Plan. Under the plan, KU would reduce tuition to out-of-state students who meet KU admissions requirements and have at least one parent, grandparent or legal guardian who graduated from KU.

KU officials say the plan will help KU compete against schools in neighboring states that have similar policies and attract top-quality students from out of state.

The measure will next go to the full House for consideration.

Comments

absolutelyridiculous 6 years, 4 months ago

Once again KU catering to rich alumni. Let's give the kids whose parent pay taxes to support this KANSAS university a break huh? If no one is intelligent enough to know how much this is going to cost the state, we shouldn't do it. Gee, I'd write my representative, but she works for the university...go figure.

Confrontation 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree, nschmi04. I think this is an excellent plan. Why not give the alumni some type of benefit from having graduated from KU? Many of them won't consider letting their kids come to KU if the price is cheaper in the state where they currently live. This will open up an opportunity to increase the enrollment numbers at KU, and to increase the number of quality students.

Danimal 6 years, 4 months ago

Lame, the KU veterans group (KU Collegiate Veterans) tried to get KU and the state of Kansas to do exactly this for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for over two years to no avail. The rich get richer and the rest of us get the shaft.

Shardwurm 6 years, 4 months ago

In this economy only the rich alumni will be able to take advantage of this. Amazing how we can treat illegal aliens and out-of-state Alumni so well yet we have veterans and regular-old Kansas middle class residents who can't get a break.The cuts in the state budget are going to take the mask off of the educators in this state. There's way to much bloat, waste, and likely fraud going on. My guess would be the school administrations will somehow survive this with their jobs and incomes intact.

janeyb 6 years, 4 months ago

I had a friend at KU from California. His parents were from Lawrence and were KU grads. It was cheaper for him to attend KU and pay out-of-state tuition/room and board than to attend a university near his home. On the other hand, my brother who is a Kansas high school graduate, two degrees from KU and a masters degree from Emporia state wanted to add an additional certificate to his masters degree. It was two additional classes 1 1/2 years after he had finished his masters and Emporia made him pay out-of-state tuition because he works at a university in another state. I don't know if the children or grandchildren of graduates should get tuition waivers, but the graduates themselves should!

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