June 16, 2011

New Rates Barely Cover Recent State Budget Cuts & Required Spending Increases

(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents established the tuition and fees rates for the six state universities for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. The newly established rates range from a 3.6% increase (an increase of $70.05 per semester) at Fort Hays State University to a 6.8% increase (an increase of $158.00 per semester) at Emporia State University.

Due to state budget cuts and required expenditure increases in areas such as group health insurance and utilities, the six state universities face approximately $24 million in overall reductions and required expenditures. The tuition and fees rates approved today are projected to raise approximately $26 million in revenue – a difference of only $2 million.

“Unfortunately, tuition is now the largest source of revenue for our state universities, which means students contribute more to the state universities through tuition than the state does through funding,” said Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, the Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. “Twenty-five years ago state funding made up about 50% of the state university budgets; today it has fallen to less than 25%. Students and their families must now bear a greater financial burden to fund the cost of higher education. However, we remain committed to preserving access and improving quality and believe today’s increase, which barely covers recent budget cuts and required spending increases, is appropriate and maintains our status as having some of the lowest tuition rates in the region. In fact, today’s increase, coupled with the recent cuts and increases in fixed costs, means overall state university general use revenue only increases by 1.3% – far below the rate of inflation.”

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 2010-2011 academic year. The results of the survey demonstrate that tuition rates in Kansas are 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 $438 or 6% 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 $758 or 17% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institutions each year.

Additional tuition and fees details and a regional tuition comparison can be found on the Board’s website at the following link: FY2012Tuition-Charts.pdf


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.

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