TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Update Wednesday, June 20:
The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday approved tuition and fee-increases proposed for the state's six state universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Last month, the universities submitted proposals to the state Board of Regents to increase tuition and required fees from undergraduate students.
Prior to the approval, the Kansas Board of Regents says Vice Chair Dennis Mullin expressed "a desire to keep tuition as low as possible and (thanked) the universities for proposing some of the lowest tuition increases in years."
Wichita State says the 2.5-percent tuition increase averages to an added expense of $82 per semester for students enrolled in 15 credit hours.
"With the tuition increase, Wichita State will still have the state's lowest tuition compared to KU, K-State and other public research universities," the university says.
May 20, 2018:
State universities in Kansas are asking for permission to increase tuition again this fall even after legislators boosted their overall state funding to levels not seen for a decade.
The six state universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City have submitted proposals to the state Board of Regents to increase tuition and required fees for undergraduate students from 1.2 percent to 3 percent.
The regents are expected to vote on the proposals in June.
The proposals came after legislators this year added $15 million to the state budget approved last year for the fiscal year beginning in July.
Even with the increase, total state funding still doesn't meet 2009 levels and the percentage of the universities' budgets covered with state tax dollars has continued to decline.
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