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Tuition to increase by 3.6% in 2016

By Joe Atmonavage

K-State tuition will once again be increasing.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved a 3.6-percent increase in tuition for the university for the 2016 fiscal year, which spans from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Tuition increased 5 percent last year.

For in-state undergrads, tuition increases to $4,258.50 — up $147 from last fiscal year. Out-of-state students will pay $11,298 in the new fiscal year, an increase of $391.50.

In-state graduate students will pay $158.40 more in the 2016 fiscal year and graduates students from outside of Kansas will pay $357.60 more.

The 2016 hike in tuition will make credit hours cost $283.90, a $9.80 increase from 2015, for in-state undergraduates. The increase is $380.80 for in-state graduate students, a $13.20 increase.

For out-of-state students, credit hours will increase $26.10 to $753.20 for undergraduates and $29.80 to $859.40 for graduate students.

With the 3.6-percent increase of tuition at the Manhattan, Global and Olathe campuses, an estimated $6,845,000 worth of revenue will be generated, according to the board.

Kenny Wilk, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the intention of the legislature was for tuition and fees to not increase more than 3.6 percent, but they will continue to try and increase it to fund higher education in Kansas.

The board denied a request for a new Academic Building Support Fee because it would have exceeded the cap of 3.6 percent increase in tuition or fee rate they targeted. The proposed fee was $2.10 per credit hour.

Students in various colleges at K-State will face additional fees in the 2016 fiscal year.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s tuition, which is separate from the rest of the university, increases by 3 percent. In-state students will pay $546.40 per credit hour, up $15.90 from the 2015 fiscal year. Out-of-state students will pay $36 more, which comes out to $1,239 per credit hour.

The tuition for in-state veterinary students per semester will now be $11,344.30 compared to $25,196.30 for out-of-state students. The Kansas Board of Regents estimates the increase will generate $490,000 for the college.

Also included in the approval is a $20 fee per credit hour for the university’s College of Human Ecology. This will generate $1.186 million.

The College of Business Administration will have a 75 percent increase in fees, making it $35 instead of $20. The college plans to increase the fee by $15 over the next three years. The funds will provide funding to hire 12 new faculty members.

The College of Engineering increased its fee by $15 per student credit hour. The fee is $39 for the 2016 fiscal year, and the college plans to increase it by $15 over the next five years, generating $3.75 million to help hire 26 new faculty members.

The board also approved a 2.6-percent increase in privilege fees for the 2016 fiscal year. Students taking 12 or more credits in the fall or spring semester must pay a $416.30 privilege fee. Students taking six or more hours in the summer will have to pay a $158 privilege fee.

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