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Kansas’ Public Universities are Proposing Tuition Increases

The Associated Press - May 20, 2010

TOPEKA | Kansas’ public universities are proposing tuition increases to offset higher operating costs and cuts in state funding.

University officials outlined their proposals Thursday to the Kansas Board of Regents, which plans to act next month. The higher tuition would take effect this fall.

The proposed increases for undergraduates from Kansas range from 4.1 percent at Fort Hays State University to 8.2 percent at the University of Kansas.

Several regents said they accepted the need to raise tuition and noted that student leaders have endorsed the proposed increases.

Meanwhile, a wording error in an amendment to the state budget bill passed last week could reduce the amount of state aid allocated to higher education by $3.6 million instead of bolstering it by that amount, as had been intended.

The regents have asked Gov. Mark Parkinson to line-item veto that section of the appropriations bill, which could cost them an additional $40 million in federal stimulus funding.

Rep. Don Hill, an Emporia Republican, last week introduced the amendment during a budget debate.

He intended to add $3.6 million to the higher education budget, but an error by the legislative staff that drafted it reduced the budget by that amount, said Reggie Robinson, regents president and chief executive officer, in a letter to Parkinson.

The amendment was approved in the House on a 98-21 vote, and the Senate later approved it.

Robinson said that if the amendment were enacted, it would drop higher education appropriations below the required funding floor for the regents to use the $40 million in federal stimulus funding.

“It is vitally important that this legislative staff error not jeopardize” the $40 million, he said.

A Parkinson spokesman said the governor would review every provision in the budget before deciding on any action.