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KU considering higher tuition after ‘unkind’ cuts


The University of Kansas is grappling with whether to seek a larger tuition rate increase than the 4 percent it earlier proposed, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. KU is reacting to larger than expected state funding cuts – a $7 million funding reduction to the Lawrence campus and a $3.7 million cut to KU Medical Center. KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little described the funding cuts, which were disproportionately higher at KU and Kansas State University, as “very unkind” and noted that, adjusted for inflation, per-student state funding at KU has declined 40 percent over the past 15 years. “It’s a very, very major change in who pays for higher education in the state,” she said. – Phillip Brownlee