June 24--The Board of Regents today approved tuition
increases for students at the six state-controlled universities.
The amount of increase varies from campus to campus. The hikes
add up to 39 million dollars more in tuition costs starting
The increases for Kansas residents taking 15 credit hours of
under-graduate courses range from eight-point-nine percent at Fort
Hays State University, to 18 percent at the University of Kansas.
The universities will use some of the money for initiatives
designed to boost faculty salaries or improve selected programs.
But much of the money will cover increased operating costs, such as
health insurance premiums.
Several regents said they felt forced to approve the increase
because the Legislature has been stingy with tax dollars for higher
education. Regent Lew Ferguson said he thinks it's scandalous the
way many lawmakers brag about refusing to consider tax increases
for anything -- including education.
INSTITUTION CURRENT NEW INCR PCT
University of Kansas $1,763 $2,081 $318 18.0
Kansas State University $1,755 $2,055 $300 17.1
Wichita State University $1,433 $1,575 $142 9.9
Emporia State University $1,100 $1,205 $105 9.5
Fort Hays State University $1,016 $1,107 $91 8.9
Pittsburg State University $1,175 $1,316 $141 12.0
Source: State Board of Regents.