KU proposes 2.5 percent tuition increase for upcoming school year / LJWorld.com – Kansas News

KU proposes 2.5 percent tuition increase for upcoming school year / LJWorld.com –  Kansas News

TOPEKA — Incoming students can expect to pay 2.5 percent more per semester for tuition at the University of Kansas this fall, under tuition rates KU proposed to the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday.

The board discussed tuition proposals from KU and other state universities at its meeting Wednesday and is anticipated to vote on proposals Thursday, the second day of the board’s June meeting.

KU’s proposed tuition increase is half as large as last year, when tuition increased 5 percent over the previous year.

For the 2017-18 academic year, KU proposes charging $4,908 per semester for in-state undergraduates. That’s an increase of about $120, or 2.5 percent, over the previous year, when in-state undergraduates paid $4,789 per semester, according to figures from the Regents.

At KU, incoming freshmen may opt instead to pay a compact tuition rate — significantly higher, but locked in for four years.

For the 2017-18 compact tuition rate, KU proposes charging $5,531 per semester for in-state undergraduates. That’s an increase of 5.5 percent over the previous year, when the compact rate was $5,242 per semester.

Fees add hundreds of dollars per semester. At KU, in-state undergraduates will pay an additional $502.75 per semester in required campus fees on top of their tuition, under the proposal.

The five other state universities also are proposing tuition increases this year, ranging from 2.5 percent to 3 percent.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the board the proposal represented a “balance” between funding desired initiatives and keeping costs at a level that still allows students to come to…

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