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Kansas Colleges Seeking Even Bigger Tuition Hikes

Tristan Bowersox
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KU will up its tuition increase from 4 percent to 5 percent. Most other Kansas colleges are set to also boost their request.

Students at the University of Kansas could see their in-state tuition rise next year by 5 percent, not 4 percent as they might have been anticipating after last month's Board of Regents meeting. Likewise, students at Kansas State University could see a tuition jump of 5.8 percent, not 5 percent. 

Most public universities in Kansas now plan to ask for tuition increases at Wednesday's Board of Regents meeting bigger than what was requested at last month's meeting.

During that May meeting, Board members and university leaders found out Gov. Sam Brownback had slashed more than $30 million from higher education spending in order to meet a budget deficit. 

Speculation began almost immediately that the universities would ask for even bigger tuition increases. Over the past four months, Kansas universities have absorbed nearly $50 million in cuts

Wichita State University is the only college that is not expected to up their tuition increase request Wednesday. Fort Hays State University is asking for the biggest tuition hike — 6 percent. 

Revised Tuition Increase Proposals (in-state tuition only)

University of Kansas: 5%

University of Kansas Medical Center: 5%

Kansas State University: 5.8%

Kansas State University Polytechnic: 5.8%

Wichita State University: 5%

Emporia State University: 4.9%

Pittsburg State University: 5.5%

Fort Hays State University: 6%

Kyle Palmer is KCUR's morning newscaster. He writes KCUR's daily news email newsletter The Early Bird. You can follow him on Twitter @kcurkyle

Kyle Palmer is the editor of the Shawnee Mission Post, a digital news outlet serving Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. He previously served as KCUR's news director and morning newscaster.
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