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Regents fear more cuts mean tuition increases

November 23, 2009


Tuition at KU more than triples in decade

Tuition at Kansas University for two semesters for an undergraduate Kansas resident taking 15 hours per semester:

1999-00 $2,090

2000-01 $2,267

2001-02 $2,333

2002-03 $2,921

2003-04 $3,527

2004-05 $4,163

2005-06 $4,824

2006-07 $5,513

2007-08* $6,390 (compact),

$5,844 (standard)

2008-09 $6,878 (compact),

$6,195 (standard)

2009-10 $7,359 (compact),

$6,567 (standard)

  • Beginning in Fall 2007, entering first-time freshmen must enroll under the four-year tuition compact. The compact will fix tuition rates for four years and set course fees and required campus fees in a four-year schedule. All other enrolled students pay the standard tuition rate.

— The Kansas Board of Regents fears that there will be a big funding cut to higher education this week when Gov. Mark Parkinson releases his budget-balancing plan and that there will be even more reductions during the 2010 legislative session that starts in January.

And Regents Vice Chairman Gary Sherrer said that may mean a big tuition increase next year.

“I shudder to think what our tuition discussion is going to be like in the spring, based on what I think is going to happen to us in the Legislature,” Sherrer said.

State funding to the Kansas higher education system has already been cut $100 million, or 12 percent, because of the drop in state revenues.

But because of a continued decline in tax revenue, the state is facing a $260 million deficit. Parkinson has said he will announce more budget cuts this week.

With education funding making up two-thirds of the budget — public schools 50 percent and higher education 17 percent — the state’s universities and colleges expect to sustain another cut.

But Parkinson said he supports higher education and hopes the Legislature will provide the needed revenue.

“At some point, the Legislature is going to have to decide to make a commitment to our universities, and I’m hoping that the Legislature makes that commitment in 2010 when they come back in January and we won’t have to raise tuition.

“But it’s up to the Legislature. The Legislature is going to have to support the universities in a way I think the public wants them to be supported,” Parkinson said.

Regent Chairwoman Jill Docking said higher education is looking at several more years of budget difficulties because of the state’s economy and the eventual evaporation of federal stimulus dollars that have been used to prop up the budget.

But Docking said she wasn’t sure how that would affect tuition. “I can’t tell you where we will be on tuition next spring,” she said.

Over the past decade, tuition at Kansas University has more than tripled, from $2,090 per year to $7,359 per year for incoming freshmen.

The state universities have become much more dependent on tuition as state taxpayer funding per student has declined.

In 1988, state funding made up 47 percent of the higher education budget, but now is just 27 percent, according to regents figures. In 1988, tuition made up 16 percent of higher education budgets; now that is 26 percent.

Sherrer says continued reliance on tuition increases is pricing some Kansans out of higher education. He says it’s time for the Legislature to consider a tax increase.

“I think the majority of Kansans are willing to pay a little more to preserve our investment in higher education,” he said.


Bill Lee 8 years, 7 months ago

If it happens, I hope the students here react better than the ones at Cal-Berkely did.

Rickyonealku 8 years, 7 months ago

With the price of a college degree going up up up you still have NO jobs waiting for you after you receive that high priced college degree.

Work work work....then in about 5 years finish that degree, thats my advice to college students.

The JOB market is not going to be strong at all for the next 3 to 5 years.

cowboy 8 years, 7 months ago

you know that any temporary increases would never roll back. The state , univ , and students need to come up with a list of what we can live without for the next three years until this sluggish economy rebounds.

Tim Quest 8 years, 7 months ago

And cue the poor people bashing higher education...

leedavid 8 years, 7 months ago

KU...perhaps spending millions on athletics is not a great idea at this time. I don't know, just an idea....

Brent Garner 8 years, 7 months ago

Hey, Parrot, remember that 60% of budget figure? Well, this reporter suggests that public education eats up 50% of the budget and higher education eats up 17% of the budget. Let's see, doesn't that add up to 67%?? Why don't you check my math for me!

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 7 months ago

You mean tuition would actually cover more of the real cost of higher education? Great idea.

Now do the same for K-12.

gccs14r 8 years, 7 months ago

Defund education and watch the state sink to the bottom of the economic pile. Lack of support for education is a huge disincentive for businesses to relocate or start up operations in a community. Who wants to try to make a go of a business in an area with an uneducated workforce?

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 7 months ago

SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says…

You mean tuition would actually cover more of the real cost of higher education? Great idea.

Now do the same for K-12.

If you have ever in your life voted for a Republican or considered voting for a Republican in the future, please read this comment and know that it reflects a majority opinion among the elected officials of the Kansas GOP.

When you go to the polls and vote, remember that one party wants to take the public out of public education.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 7 months ago


Which polling firm do you represent and how did you get so many elected officials to respond to your survey?

beawolf 8 years, 7 months ago

"Rickyonealku (Anonymous) says… The JOB market is not going to be strong at all for the next 3 to 5 years."

It's nice to have a clairvoyant posting on this subject.

Sorry Ricky but you do not have a clue what the job market will like in 3-5 years. In fact most prognosticators are predicting an increase in jobs based on two factors. 1. We have reached the bottom of the current economic downtrend and the markets will start to open up. 2. The number of baby boomers retiring in the next 3 to 5 years is going to increase.

It also depends on the type of degree acquired. Education and health services are expected to grow by 15% to 20 %. Most engineering fields are drastically in short supply, especially those that require advanced degrees.

At least try to justify your inane comments with a minimal amount of corroboration.

beawolf 8 years, 7 months ago

"toe (Anonymous) says…

College education at the “elite” schools should be entirely funded with tuition. This would allow the schools complete control over admissions and research could be conducted without government constraints."

Then only the "elite" will be able to get an education. I propose the opposite. ALL educational costs should be fully funded by the government sector. Let's increase the intelligence quotient of our society, not decrease it.

avoice 8 years, 7 months ago

gccs14r asks: Who wants to try to make a go of a business in an area with an uneducated workforce?

Answer: All the U.S. corporations who are sending their manufacturing jobs to Mexico, China, Indonesia...

gccs14r 8 years, 7 months ago

You think the people they're hiring overseas are less educated than the Americans they're replacing?

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