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Higher cost of higher ed

Faced with a deep state spending cut, the Kansas Board of Regents and the state's universities had to find more money somewhere for the fall. Unfortunately, the natural place to look was to students and their families, in the form of newly approved tuition increases ranging from 3.9 to 8.5 percent. Wichita State University is to be credited for trying to use stimulus money to offset the pain with automatic scholarships for in-state students. Still, there's no telling how many wannabe students will be deterred by any tuition increase — and there have been many this decade. Put "more affordable tuition" on the lengthening list of things the state needs to work on once the economy improves.