WICHITA, Kan - The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase requested by Wichita State University. The increase will be 2.5 percent, averaging to $82 more each semester for students taking 15 credit hours.
In a letter to students, WSU provost Richard Muma said the increase will be used to offset mandatory increases in student retention and enrollment efforts, employee fringe benefits, utility costs and faculty promotions. There will also be a 0.9 percent increase in mandatory fees that will be used for student activities and program enhancements.
Muma pointed out that state lawmakers made a cut of four percent in the budgets for Regents' universities and the budget has yet to be restored to its previous levels while operating costs continue to rise. He said even with the tuition increase, WSU will still have the state's lowest tuition compared to KU, Kansas State and other public research institutions.