Kansas universities get more expensive: Regents approve tuition hikes

TOPEKA – The cost of higher education at Kansas’ public universities is going up between $77 and $305 dollars per semester.

Thursday, the Kansas Board of Regents approved tuition and fee increases for state schools, although some worried that the cost of higher education was going up faster than Kansans’ earning potential. The approved increases remained unchanged from the proposals presented in May.

A student taking 15 credit hours at Wichita State University will pay $2,945 per semester for all tuition and required student fees starting this fall. That is a 7.7 percent increase, or $212, from the current $2,734 tuition.

Kansas University students will pay $306 more per semester, or 8.2 percent, bringing tuition to $4,012 from $3,707. Freshmen participating in the KU Compact, where they will pay a higher rate initially but the tuition rate is locked into place for four years, will pay $4,366, up $263 from $4,103 for a 6.4 percent increase.

Kansas State University tuition will increase 7.4 percent to $3,688, up $253 from $3,435.

The other approved tuition increases:

– Emporia State University, $131 or 6 percent, to $2,318 up from $2,187

– Pittsburg State University, $128 or 5.6 percent, to $2,424 up from $2,296

–Fort Hays State University, $77.25 or 4.1 percent, to $1,958.25 up from $1,881.

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