FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 18, 2019
KBOR approves unified appropriations request
Regents seek funding to hold tuition flat again next year
(Topeka, Kan.) - Today the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) approved its unified state appropriations request for the public higher education system for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The request would add $95.3 million in state support for the public higher education system.
In May of 2019, the Legislature restored $34 million in base funding for state universities. The restoration, in combination with efforts by institutions to find efficiencies, allowed the Board to hold tuition flat for Kansas resident undergraduate students at state universities.
The request for state appropriation includes base funding for state universities, support for community and technical colleges, state aid for Washburn University, funding for the Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative, funding for a new need-based student financial aid that will leverage private dollars, funding for deferred maintenance of state buildings on university campuses, and a concurrent enrollment partnership pilot project for high school students to earn college credit.
The unified state appropriations request will now be sent to the Governor’s budget office.
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 (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.