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How high tuition will go depends on lawmakers

No surprise that Wichita State University president Donald Beggs and Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz anticipate asking the Kansas Board of Regents to approve more tuition increases for the fall semester. At WSU, the hike might be less than 6 percent. KSU expects a 3 percent increase, with additional fees of $10 per credit hour. And it would be worse if not for extra federal dollars devoted to tuition abatement — "stimulus scholarships," if you will. Still, in last week's meeting with The Eagle editorial board, Beggs made it clear that if lawmakers further cut higher education, which already is at the fiscal 2006 spending level, the burden on students could be bigger, as the institutions scramble to educate more students with shrinking state support.