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As state pays less, students pay more and more

As the tuition increases of up to 6.9 percent newly approved by the Kansas Board of Regents further burden students attending the state's public universities, those institutions should feel more pressure to find private dollars for scholarships. Meanwhile, with universities now getting more of their money from students than from the state, lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback should feel pressure to decide whether higher education is a high priority at the Capitol, or whether they are OK with putting these universities out of some Kansans' reach and pushing others deeper into student-loan debt. At Wichita State University, where tuition will rise 6 percent, a student will pay about $234 more for the fall semester.