(TOPEKA) – The Kansas Board of Regents established the standard resident tuition rates for the six state universities for the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year. The newly-established tuition rates range from a 4.9% increase at Emporia State University to a 6.0% increase at the University of Kansas. The Board also approved the University of Kansas’ rate for the “Four-Year Tuition Compact,” the rate that applies for first-time, full-time students who begin as freshmen in Fall 2008. This rate, which will be locked-in for those students over a four-year period, was increased by 7.6%.
“The Board recognizes the heavy financial burden hard-working students and their families bear as students pursue higher education. Tuition enhancements are necessary if our institutions are to maintain the high quality of education that Kansans deserve and demand,” said Donna Shank, the newly-elected Chair of the Board of Regents. “We are pleased that in this challenging economic environment, institutions were willing to work within the Board’s guidelines to keep tuition increases near inflation levels and at their lowest levels in nearly a decade.”
In May the Board received tuition proposals from each of the state’s six universities that were developed through participation and input from a variety of local campus constituent groups.
“Students have been actively and meaningfully involved in the campus tuition-setting process, and that level of engagement and buy-in has been critically important,” said Christine Downey-Schmidt, the out-going Chair of the Board. “The Board continues to struggle with balancing declining state support per student, the need to maintain exceptional learning opportunities, and the financial pressures of institutions, students and families. A state university education in Kansas remains a great buy. Tuition rates at our state’s universities continue to provide Kansans with an exceptional educational value.”
A recent survey conducted by the Kansas Board of Regents compared the tuition and fee rates of Kansas’ six state universities to similar institutions in neighboring states for the recently concluded 2007-2008 academic year. The results of the survey demonstrate that tuition rates in Kansas are lower than the rates in neighboring states.
Kansans who attended Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, or Wichita State University, the state’s three research institutions, pay $822 or 14% 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 institutions, pay $773 or 20% less than residents in neighboring states to attend similar institutions each year.