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Regents chairman advises university leaders to show restraint in upcoming tuition proposals

April 16, 2014

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— Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan told higher education officials Wednesday that they should hold the line on tuition this year.

"This is a year for restraint," said Logan.

Last year, the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback approved cuts to higher education. Regents then approved tuition increases that they said were higher because of those cuts.

Kansas University's tuition and fees went up 4.4 percent at the Lawrence campus and 7.6 percent at Kansas University Medical Center for Kansas residents.

But during the 2014 legislative session, the Legislature restored most of those funding cuts and approved some key enhancements to universities, including bonding authority for $25 million to help KU build a health education building at the medical center.

"Higher education had a great result," Logan said. "We got almost everything we asked for," he said.

Regents universities will present their tuition and fee proposals next month for review. The regents traditionally approve tuition rates and fees in June.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the school's committee that works on tuition recommendations is still formulating a proposal.

"When we look at our tuition increases, we look at the things we need to do, how much that would cost, and we look at the financial impact on our students," Gray-Little said. "You take all those things into consideration," she said.

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