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Kansas universities call for tuition increases

University of Kansas faculty questioned the university's plans to trim the budget.
University of Kansas faculty questioned the university's plans to trim the budget. kmyers@kcstar.com

Tuition at public universities in Kansas may soon be on the rise.

The Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees the state's public higher education system, has received proposals for tuition increases for the next school year from all six universities.

The largest request came from the University of Kansas for students at the main campus in Lawrence.

Kansas State University is asking for a 1.1 percent tuition rate increase for undergraduate residents, while KU students in Lawrence could see an increase of 2.8 percent. Wichita State is asking for an increase of 2.5 percent.

At the KU campus in Lawrence, that would mean the undergraduate cost of tuition for 15 credit hours and not including fees would rise from $4,909 to $5,046, a $137 increase.

A student at Kansas State would see tuition grow from $4,637 last school year to $4,688 in the next, a $51 increase.

For Wichita State, undergraduate residents could see tuition go from $3,272 to $3,354, an $82 rise.

KU also said that it will no longer have its tuition compact for new freshmen on the Lawrence campus.

That program froze tuition for incoming freshmen for four years.

"The tuition compact will be honored for continuing students who opted-in from prior years," KU said.

Final action on the proposals is expected next month.

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