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Budget Cuts Force Many Kansas Universities to Seek Even Higher Tuition Increases

Gateway entrance to the University of Kansas in Lawrence (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many of Kansas' state universities are asking the system's governing board this week to approve tuition increases higher than first proposed a month ago. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the University of Kansas wants tuition increased by 5 percent. That's one percentage point higher than the school sought last month. The state's other universities propose tuition boosts ranging from 4.9 percent at Emporia State to 6 percent at Fort Hays State. Only the University of Kansas' medical center and Wichita State did not increase their rate increase requests. They remain at 5 percent. The revisions are in response to Governor Sam Brownback's signing last month of a state budget calling for additional higher education funding cuts. The Kansas Board of Regents is to vote on the requests Wednesday.

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