Sebelius signs legacy tuition bill

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday signed into law two bills sought by Kansas University.

Sebelius signed House Bill 2007, which will authorize the Kansas Board of Regents to consider and approve a broader range of tuition waivers as proposed by state universities.

KU officials have been discussing a plan to allow tuition breaks to students from out of state who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.

The so-called legacy tuition plan would help bring top-quality students from other states who may be inclined to stay in Kansas after they graduate, KU officials have told lawmakers.

And Sebelius signed House Bill 2197, which would allow the Kansas Board of Regents to set admissions standards for the state’s public universities.

Currently in Kansas, students may be admitted to a regents university if they have graduated from an accredited high school and have an ACT composite score of 21, rank in the top third of their high school graduating class or earn at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a prescribed curriculum.

KU has been pushing for more stringent admission standards, saying the existing ones are too lenient and outdated.

The governor also signed a bill that will allow training in geriatric medicine to be included in the Medical Student Loan Program. That program requires one year of service in a rural or medically underserved area for each year of receiving loans or scholarships. “Expanding this program to include geriatric medicine is good news for older Kansans,” Sebelius said.