BOARD APPROVES STATE UNIVERSITY TUITION RATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2010


BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES STATE UNIVERSITY TUITION RATES

Tuition & Fees Rates Approved for Fall 2010/Spring 2011 Academic Year

(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents established the tuition and fees rates for the six state universities for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year. The newly-established rates range from a 4.1% increase (an increase of $77.25 per semester, or $5.15 per credit hour) at Fort Hays State University to an 8.2% increase (an increase of $305.60 per semester, or $20.37 per credit hour) at the University of Kansas.

“It’s increasingly challenging, especially in this economic climate, to properly balance the needs of the universities with the financial needs and concerns of students,” said Regent Jill Docking, of Wichita, the Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “Preserving student access and institutional quality during a time of decreased state investment is a difficult balancing act.”

Today the Board also allocated a majority of the federal stimulus dollars the state universities will receive for Fiscal Year 2011 to important deferred building maintenance projects on those campuses. Sixty percent ($18.9 million) of the $32.2 million in stimulus funds will be allocated to deferred maintenance projects while forty percent ($13.3 million) will be used for tuition cost mitigation.

“Tuition rates would have undoubtedly been higher had it not been for the availability of federal stimulus dollars. I was pleased we were able to utilize federal funding to mitigate the tuition burden on students while at the same time address critical campus maintenance needs,” added Docking. “Unfortunately, declining state investment in higher education seems to be a nationwide trend. We’re fortunate that tuition rates in Kansas remain among the lowest in the region.”

A recent survey conducted by the Board compared the in-state tuition and fees rates of Kansas’ six state universities to similar institutions in neighboring states for the recently concluded 2009-2010 academic year. The results of the survey demonstrate that tuition rates in Kansas are among the lowest in the region. Kansans who attended Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, or Wichita State University, the state’s three research universities, on average pay $551 or 8% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institutions each year. Kansans who attend Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Pittsburg State University, the state’s three regional universities, on average pay $756 or 18% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institutions each year.

View the detailed Tuition and Required Student Fees and Comparison documents here.
 

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

For more information, contact Kip Peterson at (785) 296-3421 or at kpeterson@ksbor.org.

Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.