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Is tuition keeping students away?

Seeing the total fall enrollment at the six state universities decline for the first time in 14 years, one wonders whether this is the effect of the steady increases in tuition, coupled with the rest of the economic pressures that families are feeling. Regents chairman Gary Sherrer had the same thought: "Certainly the economy has not helped students and families meet the cost of higher education. For three years, I've said slowly but surely we're going to price students out of the market. Every product can be priced to a point the consumer can't afford it. I don't see any reason that's not started to happen." At least the enrollment decreases were only 2 percent or less at the four affected universities, including Wichita State University (0.1 percent).