By Chris Durden
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:46 PM CDT, June 20, 2012
Students at public universities in Kansas will pay as much as 7.0 percent more for tuition this fall.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved tuition increases proposed by officials of the six public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
For undergraduates from Kansas, increases will range from 3.5 percent at Wichita State University to 6.5 percent at Emporia State.
In-state students at the University of Kansas Medical Center will see a 7.0 percent hike.
The increases are expected to raise an additional $31 million in the next academic year. Officials of the institutions said the money will cover higher operating costs and extra pay for employees.
The University of Kansas will have tougher admissions standards than the state's other public colleges beginning in 2016.
The Kansas Board of Regents approved a proposal Wednesday to boost requirements for incoming freshmen. Admission will be automatic for applicants with at least a "B'' average in high school; others would have their applications reviewed by a committee.
The University of Kansas sought the change, saying it should improve graduation rates.
Students can now enter any state college by scoring 21 on the ACT, having a 2.0 GPA in a college prep curriculum or graduating in the top third of their high-school classes. The new standards for KU add requirements for grade-point averages.
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