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Opinions vary on proposed Regents tuition increases

June 10, 2014

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— Some unease with proposed tuition increases was expressed during a meeting of a committee of the Kansas Board of Regents on Tuesday.

Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said he wanted universities to provide information on what the impact would be if the proposed increases were lowered slightly. But he later withdrew his request.

Regent Shane Bangerter of Dodge City said he thought the increases were in line with what was needed. "I'm comfortable with the proposals the way they are," Bangerter said.

Next week, the full Board of Regents will consider the proposed increases.

For a resident undergraduate, the proposals would increase tuition and fees at Kansas State University by 5.2 percent; Wichita State, 4.9 percent; Emporia State, 5.6 percent; Pittsburg State, 5.5 percent and Fort Hays State, 2.5 percent.

At Kansas University, tuition and fees would go up 3.4 percent for the incoming freshmen class over last year's freshmen class.

At KU, freshmen enter a compact, meaning that they will have the same tuition rate for four years.

Because of this compact system, two-thirds of returning KU undergraduates will have no tuition increase.

For students who transfer to KU after their freshmen year, and for students who are in their fifth or subsequent undergraduate year, tuition and fees would increase 4.6 percent under the proposal.

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