FHSU proposes smallest tuition increase of Regents universities

board of regentsTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State university students could see their tuition and fees rise by as much as 5.7 percent this fall under proposals before the Kansas Board of Regents.

The board was considering proposals Wednesday afternoon from the six state universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

The proposed increases in tuition and fees would provide almost $29 million in additional revenues for the universities. The largest is a proposed 5.7 percent increase for in-state undergraduate students at Kansas State University’s campus in Salina.

The smallest increase — 2.5 percent — was requested by Fort Hays State University.

In-state undergraduates at Kansas State’s main campus in Manhattan would see an increase of 5.2 percent. At the University of Kansas, the most popular option for tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates would be 3.4 percent higher.

  • Annoyed

    Absolutely ridiculous. College is already too expensive. Where is this extra money going to be spent? On salary increases again? How about spending it on a new King Air for KSU Salina, as they were forced to sell it because the Manhattan campus sucks up all the money and leaves the rest of their students suffering. How about FHSU spends less on a terrible football team and invests more into the talented music and theater departments, or on increased parking. Wasn’t there already a tuition increase last year? Graduates are facing more and more debt at insane interest rates. The college dream is looking less and less favorable when it boils down to paying for it the rest of your life. It’s unfortunate that getting an education feels like a punishment in the end.

    • toby

      but we have a really bad soccer team…. does that help

    • Chris

      Typically, with public colleges, tuition goes up as taxpayer support goes down. So, if there is less money going into the state through taxes, tuition will go up. There are other reasons that tuition goes up, but that is usually the prime reason.
      Fort Hays has done some great things to keep their increases down. If we want to decrease tuition rates at these public colleges, then we’d need to have more tax money flowing into them.

      You did hit on a good point–debt that college grads leave schools with is getting out of control–especially when the job market isn’t in tip-top shape. Now, what’s the solution to this? I don’t know–but it’s something that needs to be solved.