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UPDATE: Kansas Regents Hold Tuition Increases To 3.6 Percent

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Update:

The Kansas Board of Regents is limiting increases in tuition and fees at state universities this fall to 3.6 percent after strictly interpreting a cap imposed by the Legislature.

The board's unanimous decision today came a day after it told universities to revise their proposals on tuition and fees.

All universities initially proposed limiting tuition increases for undergraduates from Kansas to 3.6 percent, but some of the proposed increases for non-Kansas students or graduate students were as high as 6 percent.

Some proposed fee increases also would have boosted total tuition and fee costs for some Kansas undergraduates by nearly 5 percent.

The Legislature's cap of 3.6 percent specifically applies to tuition, but several regents said it is more in line with lawmakers' wishes to limit fee increases as well.

Original Story:  

Six Kansas colleges under the state Board of Regents are seeking a 3.6 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students for the coming school year. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Schools under the Board of Regents include Wichita State, the University of Kansas, Pittsburg State, Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Kansas State.

The increase is the most a school can request under a cap imposed by lawmakers.

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For Wichita State, the increase would be $7.05 per credit hour, raising the tuition for a full-time in-state undergraduate student by about $105 per semester.

At the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, standard tuition for full-time in-state students would increase to $4,500 per semester, $158 more than last year.

Last year the board approved much higher tuition increases, including an almost 5 percent increase for Wichita State University.

In addition to tuition increases, the colleges are also proposing fee increases, which the Board of Regents members are expected to vote on this week. The board is expected to vote Thursday on proposed increases for all schools.

This piece originally aired June 17 during All Things Considered.

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