Governor challenges universities, colleges to lower tuition

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) - During his "State of the State" address Tuesday, Governor Sam Brownback challenged all state colleges and universities to find a way to offer a bachelor's degree to students for 15-thousand dollars or less.

Eyewitness News talked to Wichita State freshman Braydon Hosman after he watched the governor's speech. Hosman said he thinks lower tuition would encourage more people to pursue higher education.

"I think it would be fantastic for students to have a lost cost option to show that they have the skills that would make them viable candidate in the workplace without coming out of college with thousands and thousands of dollars in debt," Hosman said.

An in-state student at Wichita State spends about $24,000 to earn a four-year bachelor's degree. That price doubles for an out-of-state student. That price does not include fees or other expenses.

With college budgets cut by the state last year, lawmakers said the $15,000 tuition goal is lofty.

" If you really look at the cost of the education and funding it for the teachers' salaries, the professors, the programs that they have, I don't see that as being realistic," said Rep. Diana Dierks.

Brownback said his budget this year will fully fund 50 student scholarships to the first institution to accomplish the $15,000 degree.