REGENTS APPROVE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013 TUITION AND FEES RATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2012

REGENTS APPROVE STATE UNIVERSITY TUITION & FEES RATES

A Commitment to Excellence Requires Investments

(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents established the tuition and fees rates for the six state universities for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. The newly established rates range from an increase of 3.5% (an increase of $108.75 per semester) at Wichita State University to 6.5% (an increase of $160.00 per semester) at Emporia State University.

The six state universities face approximately $18 million in required expenditures. The tuition and fees rates approved today provide funding for the necessary expenditures and begin to address critical issues facing institutions, which have been deferred for a number of years due to previous budget cuts.

“The tuition and fees approved today are funding the basics of operating an educational institution, like heating and cooling, healthcare costs, and retaining quality faculty members,” said Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “As the state’s contribution to the state universities has remained flat for base operating costs, students and their families shoulder more of the costs of obtaining a high quality education. The Board and the state universities are committed to excellence, students and their families expect excellence, and employers require excellence when they hire a graduate. Ensuring educational excellence requires continuous investments in the foundation of our institutions.”

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 2011-2012 academic year. The results indicate that tuition rates in Kansas remain among the lowest in the region. Kansans who attend Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, or Wichita State University, the state’s three research universities, on average pay $562.00 or 7.3% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institution 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 $788.00 or 16.2% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institutions each year.

Additional tuition and fees details and a regional comparison can be found on the Board’s website.

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves 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 Mary Jane Stankiewicz at (785) 296-3421 or mjstankiewicz@ksbor.org.

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