May 20, 2004

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KU tuition proposal continues to emphasize aid to students

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas tuition proposal for 2004-05 continues to emphasize aid to the neediest students, according to KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

"More than $5.2 million in need-based aid for the Lawrence campus will be provided to students through KU Tuition Grants next year," he said. "That's three times more than in 2002-03 and four times more money than our students receive through the state's financial aid programs."

The aid plan is part of KU's overall tuition proposal for next year, which was sent to the Kansas Board of Regents on May 3 and was presented at its May 19-20 meeting. Final action by the board on tuition plans from all six regents universities will occur during the June 23-24 meeting.

This is the third year of a five-year tuition plan approved by the Board of Regents in 2002. Most of the increase in 2002-04 has been used to enhance academic and student programs at the Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses. Targeted uses of new tuition revenue have included technology improvements, library support, new faculty and staff positions, wage and salary increases for student employees and graduate teaching assistants, and operating expenses for schools and departments.

About 20 percent of the tuition enhancement increases have been directed toward need-based student aid. The KU Tuition Grants hold harmless those students with the greatest financial need. As a result, despite past tuition increases, KU remains affordable to families of moderate means.

Highlights of the KU proposal include:

-- An increase of $21.20 per credit hour for resident undergraduates, and an increase of $37.15 per credit hour for nonresident undergraduates
-- An increase of $22.75 per credit hour for resident graduate students, and an increase of $39.30 per credit hour for nonresident graduate students
-- An increase of $1,063 per semester for resident medical students, and an increase of $1,361 per semester for nonresident medical students

Factoring in required fees, which are not increasing this year, the average cost for a full-time student in each category (based on 15 hours per semester for undergraduate students; 12 hours per semester for graduate students; and full-time status for medical students) will be:

-- $2,368 per semester for resident undergraduates, vs. $2,050 during 2003-04
-- $6,346 per semester for nonresident undergraduates, vs. $5,788 during 2003-04
-- $2,433 per semester for resident graduate students, vs. $2,160 during 2003-04
-- $5,796 per semester for nonresident graduate students, vs. $5,325 during 2003-04
-- $8,543 per semester for resident medical students, vs. $7,480 during 2003-04
-- $16,107 per semester for nonresident medical students, vs. $14,746 during 2003-04

Tuition and fees account for less than one-third of the average total annual cost of attending KU for resident undergraduates (estimated at $12,990 during 2003-04). The fees and proposed tuition increase for 2004-05 -- $636 per year for a Kansas resident undergraduate taking 30 credits -- represent an annual increase of less than 5 percent in the total cost of attending KU (estimated at $13,776 during 2004-05).

In addition to the general increases outlined above, five KU schools are requesting new "differential tuition" increases, to be assessed in addition to the basic tuition and fees. These additional charges were proposed in consultation with affected students, and the revenue is targeted for curriculum enhancement, new faculty positions, scholarships, student services, technology and other equipment. The five are:

-- School of Business, $75 per credit hour
-- School of Education, $15 per credit hour
-- School of Engineering, $15 per credit hour
-- School of Fine Arts, $15 per credit hour
-- School of Journalism, $12 per credit hour

The entire KU tuition proposal, as submitted to the Board of Regents, is available online at www.tuition.ku.edu, along with related information. The Board of Regents meeting agenda is available online at www.kansasregents.org.

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