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May 19, 2005
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU to propose four-year 'fixed rate' tuition for freshmen starting in 2007


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas announced today it will adopt an idea championed by its students and propose to the Kansas Board of Regents the creation of a four-year guaranteed tuition rate plan starting in the fall of 2007.

Under the concept, incoming students would pay the same base tuition rate for their first four years of college rather than any annual increases. The KU Student Senate approved a resolution in support of a four-year guaranteed tuition rate by acclamation in March.

" It would be like switching from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger. "This would help parents and students make a long-term budget by giving them a predictable cost for the period of time it should take for the students to graduate.

" Enabling students to graduate in four years is one of our highest priorities, so this also would create a powerful additional incentive for students to stay on track."

Under the concept, first-time freshmen would pay a fixed per-credit-hour base tuition rate that would remain unchanged for four years if the student remains continuously enrolled in consecutive semesters, not counting summer sessions.

This requirement could be waived for students who confront a medical emergency that requires temporary withdrawal from classes or who are called to active military duty.

The four-year rate would be based on the university's estimate of tuition rates on average for four years. For example, if the university's resident undergraduate tuition of $4,762 is estimated to increase 5 percent a year, the student would pay $5,387 a year for four years even though regular tuition would have increased to $5,788 in the final year over the same period.

The guaranteed plan would not include differential tuition rates charged by some professional schools, which range from $12.50 to $120 per credit hour; campus fees, which support various student services; and residence hall rates.

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