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May 18, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU proposes guaranteed four-year tuition rate starting in 2007

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas would continue to offer tuition rates below the national average this fall and begin offering a four-year guaranteed tuition rate in 2007 under proposals submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents today.

In addition to offering parents and students a fixed tuition rate for four years, the guaranteed tuition also will be a powerful incentive for students to complete their degree programs on time.
“Completing four-year academic programs in four years is a high priority,” said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. “The tuition program has made KU stronger by allowing it to add more faculty, upgrade classrooms and boost technology. We also have made great improvements in student retention and minority recruitment. Helping students keep academic careers on track will be yet another tuition-plan success story.”
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. The rate would be based on the university's estimate of tuition rates on average for four years.
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 coming academic year is the last year of a five-year tuition plan instituted in 2002 to provide needed funding for academic program enhancements, such as hiring additional faculty and upgrading classroom technology. Details of the proposed 2006-07 tuition plan are online at
Notably, KU’s tuition ranks 30th among the 34 members of the prestigious American Association of Universities and remains below the average of Big 12 institutions. For example, the University of Missouri’s resident tuition rate is approximately $2,000 a year higher. KU remains an affordable “best buy” in higher education, according to Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Besides investments in the quality of faculty and facilities, 20 percent of all new tuition revenue has been allocated to need-based KU Tuition Grants, a feature Hemenway lauded for helping ensure students of all financial backgrounds are able to attend KU. In fiscal year 2006, $7.06 million was set aside for the grants at the Lawrence campus and $1.07 million was set aside at the KU Medical Center. Since the five-year tuition program began, the family income profile of KU students has not changed. For example, the percentage of students with an estimated annual family income of less than $36,000 has risen from 14 percent to 14.4 percent.
Highlights of last year’s other investments:
—  $2.4 million set aside for new faculty positions and programs
—  $2 million earmarked for faculty salary increases
—  $900,000 set aside for unclassified staff salary increases
—  $1 million earmarked for libraries
—  $1 million for other operating expenses to schools
—  $800,000 reserved for new staff positions and program support
—  $750,000 tabbed for student hourly wages and new GTA/lecturer positions
Under the 2006-07 tuition proposal, rates would increase between 8.5 percent and 14.3 percent depending on a student’s resident status and level. Rates would rise $22.95 per credit hour for undergraduate residents and $40.20 for undergraduate non-residents. Rates for resident graduate students would rise $24.60. Nonresident graduate students would pay $42.50 more per credit hour.
Including student fees, the average for a full-time student (15 credit hours for undergraduate students 12 hours for graduate students) will be:
—  $3,076.25 per semester for resident undergraduates, up from $2,706.50 for 2005-06
—  $7,561.25 per semester for nonresident undergraduates, up from $6,932.75 for 2005-06
—  $3,044.60 per semester for resident graduate students, up from $2,723.90 for 2005-06
—  $6,830 for nonresident graduate students, up from $6,294.50 for 2005-06
—  $10,823.20 for resident medical students, up from $9,668.20 for 2005-06
—  $19,026.40 for non-resident medical students, up from $17,545.90 for 2005-06


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