KU News Release

May 18, 2011
Contact: Joe Monaco, University Communications, 785-864-7100

Plan seeks to ensure affordability and excellence of KU education

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LAWRENCE — Nearly two-thirds of returning University of Kansas undergraduates will have no tuition increase next year, and the incoming freshman class will have no tuition increase for four years as part of the 2011-12 tuition proposal made to the Kansas Board of Regents.

Under the proposal, the popular Four-year Tuition Compact would continue, meaning 65 percent of returning undergraduates will have no tuition increase. Almost all other students would see smaller increases than last year. New revenue from the proposal would go toward maintaining excellence in academics, which was identified as a priority by students.

“Students are active partners in our university and were closely involved in the drafting of this plan,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “KU students made it clear that they want to work with top instructors and have the learning opportunities available only at a research university. They tell us they and their families are willing to pay a little more if it means getting the quality they expect.”

Under the proposed 2011-12 tuition and fees, the rate for new freshmen entering a tuition compact would increase 5.6 percent over the previous compact rate for resident undergraduates and 5 percent for nonresident undergraduates. Both are smaller than last year’s increases.

Standard tuition paid by students in Lawrence not in a tuition compact would also see smaller increases than last year, with the exception of nonresident undergraduates. Tuition and fees for resident undergraduate and graduate students would increase 5.5 percent. For nonresident undergraduates, they would increase 7.1 percent and for nonresident graduate students, 5.9 percent.

At the KU Medical Center, resident medical student tuition and fees would increase 4.9 percent and nonresident tuition would increase 5 percent, both similar to last year. All other medical center students would see a 4.9 percent increase in tuition and fees, which is less than last year.

To maintain affordability, $10.3 million in need-based grants would be provided to students, an increase of $400,000 from the previous year. Overall, KU provided $72.1 million in grants and scholarships to 13,878 students in fiscal year 2010. Additionally, the new Rock Chalk Scholarship would recruit talented out-of-state students to Kansas, while still ensuring their tuition covers the cost of their education and helps subsidize those of Kansas students.

Tuition and fees are not final until approved by the Board of Regents. Each June, the board meets to vote on tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year.

Proceeds from the proposed tuition plan would be directed toward retaining excellent faculty and staff and covering mandated cost increases. They would also be used to increase availability of high-demand classes and restore student support services that aid in retention and timely graduation

“We are facing a growing crisis when it comes to retaining excellent employees,” said Gray-Little. “Private university endowments have recovered, giving them and public universities in faster growing states the ability to recruit away our top faculty members. If we are going to give our students the high quality education they expect, we must be able to compete.”

In the past year alone, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has faced more attempts to recruit away its faculty members than during the previous two years combined, she added.

The effects of the budget crisis continue to be felt in the form of cuts and unfunded mandates since 2009 that will now total more than $49 million at KU in fiscal year 2012. State funding per resident KU student has declined 40 percent since 1999 and Kansas students now pay more than half the cost of a KU education, when previously the state covered a majority of the cost.

KU’s state funding per full-time resident student ranks 23rd out of 27 current and former public universities in the Association of American Universities that responded to a University of Virginia study. When tuition and fees per student are added, KU ranks 25th out of 27 in this listing of the resources available to some of the nation’s top public research universities.

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