Regents to universities: Rethink your tuition hikes


State News

May 17, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents say lawmakers may feel betrayed if they see tuition rise after they approved more funding for higher education. FILE PHOTO/CHRIS NEAL FOR THE KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/KCUR.ORG

Rethink those planned tuition hikes. That’s the word from the Kansas Board of Regents, which is considering tuition proposals from universities not long after lawmakers approved a state funding boost meant to hold down student costs.

Regent Mark Hutton, a former state representative himself, said lawmakers won’t be happy to see tuition rise after adding around $30 million for higher education in the state budget.

“I think they’re going to feel a little bit betrayed,” Hutton said, “that we didn’t seize an opportunity with the increased funding to channel that toward stabilizing tuition.”

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