Advertisement

Kansas legislature

Kansas Legislature

KU, all regents schools seek tuition, fee increases

June 6, 2013

Advertisement

— The cost of going to Kansas University next year will likely go up again.

In the wake of budget cuts to higher education, approved by the Kansas Legislature, officials on Thursday unveiled tuition increase proposals.

The figures are for a resident undergraduate taking 15 hours of coursework.

At KU, the proposal would increase tuition and fees for incoming freshmen by 4.4 percent, from $4,839 to $5,053 or $214.55 per semester.

At KU Med, it would increase 7.64 percent, or $317.74 from $4,158.10 to $4,475.84.

The increase for the Lawrence campus will generate $7.8 million. Approximately $5.2 million will be used to provide a merit pool to retain outstanding faculty and staff.

At the KU Medical Center, the proposed increase will generate $1.76 million and be used to cover increases for faculty promotion, tenure, fringe benefit rate increases, increases in utility costs and to cover budget cuts.

In a statement, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the proposed increases struck a balance between recruiting talented students and staff, and providing an excellent and affordable education.

The Kansas Board of Regents will approve tuition rates this summer.

The proposed tuition and fee increases included 2.96 percent at Fort Hays State; 6.5 percent at Emporia State; 6.7 percent at Kansas State and 7.5 percent at Pittsburg State.

Comments

Jonathan Fox 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I can't speak for the other regent schools, but here at Pitt State, with this increase, is now no longer a state school but a state assisted school since tuition will now pay over half of the universities expenses. KU on the other hand is only about 25% tuition revenue.

0

yourworstnightmare 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"The proposed tuition and fee increases included 2.96 percent at Fort Hays State; 6.5 percent at Emporia State; 6.7 percent at Kansas State and 7.5 percent at Pittsburg State."

With the exception of FHSU, all increases are higher than those proposed by KU, including KSU. This is new. Usually KSU ducks behind KU and comes in at a slightly lower percent increase. Not this year.

0

irtnog2001 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe its time other counties step up and help fund the state universities with a sales tax increase like Johnson County did a few years ago to help KU and K-State. I believe Washburn also gets local funds. My only gripe about the Johnson County tax was I don't think local taxpayers got much in return. They should have received an interest in future royalties from research coming out of the cancer institute designation etc.

0

JuanValdez 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, we all learned after the market crash how hard corporation executives have it and how accountable they are for their actions.

0

JuanValdez 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, we all learned after the market crash how hard corporation executives have it and how accountable they are for their actions.

2

lawrenceloser 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I think you are comparing apples to oranges here. Deciding to fund some things and not others is pretty good real world experience. You try to operate a major university on that size of budget? People don't understand how expensive it is to run an university. Its not just what a person can see with their eyes.

1

question4u 10 months, 2 weeks ago

University leaders just don't understand the real world. In the real world when businesses have to deal with increased expenses for utilities, equipment, maintenance, new personnel, etc. they don't pass any of the increased costs on to the consumer. They keep their prices fixed and just do without essential utilities, equipment, maintenance, and personnel. They let the quality of their products slip and lose their most effective personnel, but they never increase their prices. Otherwise things would cost more today than they did ten years ago, and everyone knows that's not true. Tuition should stay the same, just like the cost of gasoline, cat food, and Coca-Cola.

When corporations take in less revenue AND have higher expenses, they don't increase the prices of their products. Universities need to learn from corporations. But no, when universities get hit with cuts AND higher costs due to inflation and the costs of new technologies, they raise tuition.

No Kansas business would do that. In the business world, if your revenues are flat or declining for five years in a row and your expenses are going up, you just start lowering your standards and productivity, but you never, ever raise your prices. Right?

5

lawrenceloser 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Another tuition hike means more young people unable to pursue their dream. Yeah that's really good for the state.

0

yourworstnightmare 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree. A much larger tuition hike is warranted. Those who don't want to pay more for a KU education have the choice of paying even more at a public university in another state, or going to KSU, WSU, FHSU, ESU, or PSU.

0

konzahawk 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Why did KU propose such a low increase? A KU degree is worth far more than one from KSC or Hays. Even with this modest increase, KU would still be one of the least expensive AAU universities in the country.

0

conlawgrad 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This is one of the reasons I refuse to give money to KU. I'm tired of my alma mater raising tuition year after year (as they did when I was in school) and just making ridiculous excuses for raising tuition (i.e. budget being cut and having education loans more accessible to students) and not being accountable. If and when the university decides to put students first and give them a quality public education at a reasonable cost, I will reconsider giving them money.

3

gr 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"In the wake of budget cuts to higher education, approved by the Kansas Legislature,"

So if legislature wanted to cut the budget, why is KU and other universities defeating it? They need to cut their budget as was the intent of the legislature.

1

mdlund0 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Shoot for the stars... you might hit the moon.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.