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KBOR Approves Tuition Hikes for Public Universities


TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) — The Kansas Board of Regents has approved tuition hikes for all six state public universities. Campus administrators say they need the increase to offset inflation and make up for tuition freezes imposed during the COVID pandemic.

Tuition will go up 5% at most schools. Fort Hays State University will raise tuition 7%, and Wichita State University 5.9%.

Regents chairman Jon Rolph says colleges need to charge more to pay faculty and stay competitive. “We do have to deliver a high level of excellence for the people that are coming. And so it does cost money to do that,” he said.

This year’s increases are the steepest in nearly a decade. Most Kansas universities also plan to raise student fees.