Itâ€™s encouraging that the Kansas Board of Regents is finally raising concerns about university tuition increases, our editorial today argues. In-state tuition and fees have more than doubled since 2002 at K-State and KU and risen 58Ã¦percent at WSU. Debt loads have increased dramatically across the state university system, too, with the average borrower in the 2006 graduating class owing more than $17,000 in student loans.
Affordability is not more important than educational excellence. But the regents must guard against tuition rates that end up denying Kansansâ€™ access to their higher education system.