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Increase in Tuition Recommended

The state’s institutions of higher learning are likely to become institutions of higher tuition when students return this fall.

Most students at the state universities will probably pay higher tuition next fall – that is based on proposals made public yesterday from the state’s 6-public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

The universities say the new funds will help them cover rising utility and employee health insurance costs and increasing expenses and bolster academic programs.

Fort Hays State University has proposed freezing tuition for both undergraduate and graduate students who come from outside the state. For all other students, tuition would increase at least 2.2%.

The biggest increase – 7.4% for some non-Kansas undergraduates at the University of Kansas.

Kansas State University in Manhattan has asked for a 4% increase, KSU at Salina – 4.3%, Wichita State University – 6.8%, Emporia State University – 6.9%, and the KU Med Center – up 5%.

The Kansas Board of Regents are expected to vote on the proposals next month.

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Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".