KU: New Tuition Plan Hikes Costs For 1/3 Of Students

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – Freshmen at the University of Kansas will have to pay more than last year's incoming students, under the new tuition proposal delivered to the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday. Tuition and fees for graduate students medical students, and undergrads who didn't enroll in the tuition compact will also see their bills going up, according to the school's Office of Public Affairs.

Approximately 2/3 of students will not see a tuition increase, the school said. They pointed out that out of the 34 public universities in the Association of American Universities their tuition and fees come in as the 9th lowest.

“Our goal is to balance the strong desire to maintain access with the equally strong need to ensure that the education students receive at KU prepares them for successful lives and careers. Students choose KU because they want to take advantage of opportunities that are found only at a flagship university. We want to make sure those opportunities remain affordable,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

New freshmen will pay 3.4% more than last year's rates, while other students whose costs aren't locked in will see their bills go up 4.3%. KUMC undergraduates and medical students will owe nearly 5% more this year.

The university says it plans to use the extra money almost exclusively "to retaining and recruiting talented faculty, graduate students, and other employees," pointing out that increasing funding among other schools is increasing competition across the country.

They plan to provide merit increases at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses - to bring salaries more in line with other universities - and raise the minimum graduate assistant salary.

The school pointed out that its funding level still remains below pre-recession levels in both inflation-adjusted and real dollars.