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Regents Approve Tuition Hikes For Kansas Universities

Tuition at Kansas’ six state universities will go up this fall.

The Board of Regents agreed to hikes ranging from 2.5 to 2.9 percent.

Kansas State sought 3 percent, but lowered its request when it became clear the Regents were critical of the idea.

Regent and former state lawmaker Bill Feuerborn had hoped to keep tuition flatter.

“My concern is, like I stated, we’re going to price some families out of sending their sons and daughters to college," he said.

Wichita State University's request for a 2.5 percent funding increase was approved. The school recently changed its student fee structure and tuition refund policy.

The universities lost 4 percent of state funding last year. The Legislature has agreed to restore a quarter of that in 2018 and 2019.

University leaders say this still leaves them with less, while costs like utilities and health insurance rise.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen is a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and KCUR covering health, education and politics. You can reach her on Twitter @Celia_LJ