Fewer State Dollars Means Higher Tuition at Kansas Universities

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
June 25, 2016

K-State is just one of the universities in Kansas about to see a tuition hike. The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase of 5.81 percent for Kansas State University’s Manhattan, Polytechnic and Olathe campuses for the 2016-2017 school year.

As a land grant institution, K-State interim president Richard Myers says continued reductions in state funding makes it more difficult to provide access to higher education for students in Kansas and across the nation.

“To be true to our mission, one of the things we don’t want to do is raise our tuition,” said Myers. “But we had to in this case because we’re trying to at least make up for some of the state cuts to our budget.”

Under the new fee structure, undergraduate students will pay $248 more per semester, while graduate students will pay an additional $265. Myers thinks Kansas State can use philanthropy dollars to offset fee increases and keep enrollment from falling.

“And we have some great alums and friends and corporations that have helped Kansas State immeasurably in trying to make up the difference,” Myers said. “So I don’t envision we’ll lose many students over this, if any. We’ll find other ways to give them help they need to go to school here at K-State.”

Funding for post-secondary education has been reduced by $38.1 million – or 4.8% – from the amount initially appropriated for higher education in 2016-2017. Of that amount, $23.6 million has been cut collectively from the state’s six Regents universities: Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State, Kansas State, Wichita State and the University of Kansas.