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Why Kansas' tuition is going up and Oklahoma's isn't

Why is tuition going up from 3.9 to 8.5 percent at Kansas regents universities while Oklahoma froze tuition increases at its state schools? "The short answer is that the Oklahoma legislature treated its higher education system better than the Kansas Legislature treated its system," the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It noted that, counting federal stimulus dollars, the Oklahoma higher education system experienced a 3 percent funding increase, while the Kansas system was cut 3 percent during the Legislative session — and then Gov. Mark Parkinson announced another 2 percent allotment cut last week. In addition, Kansas regents universities were told to direct two-thirds of the stimulus funds for deferred maintenance projects, the Journal-World reported, while Oklahoma has more flexibility in using the federal funds.

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