WSU students react to tuition increase proposal

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita State University is just six universities proposing to increasing their tuition and fees for the next school year.

School leaders met with the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka Thursday morning talking about the proposed measure.

Students say they’re not happy about it.

“Student loans and financial aid and it doesn’t even cover it most of the time,” said Lindsay Graff, student at Wichita State University. “I still have to get extra.”

Paying for school hasn’t been easy for students like Lindsay Graff.

News of her university asking the Board of Regents to consider increasing the current tuition by 8% is frustrating to hear.

“I know inflation makes everything goes up, but I think they should keep it the same,” said Graff. “I think it would be better for our younger population coming up so they can go to school.”

While Wichita State is requesting the largest increase, all six Kansas universities are requesting tuition hikes with Fort Hays wanting the least at 3.4%.

  1. Wichita State, 8.1%
  2. Pittsburg State, 7.4%
  3. Kansas State, 7%
  4. Emporia State, 6.4%
  5. University of Kansas, 4.5%
  6. Fort Hays University, 3.4%

This all comes as Kansas lawmakers approved a budget cutting $48 million in funding for higher education.

“This is a pretty major shift in resources at a time where our institution hasn’t been overly well funded for a university of its type,” said John Bardo, President for Wichita State University.

Even though she understands the hike proposal, Graff is hoping university leaders would reconsider the hike for future Shockers.

“I think a lot of kids already aren’t going to college because they need money so they just work right out of high school instead of going to school,” said Graff. “I think it’s going to make it even more difficult for them to get loans and not want to take out loans. They just want to work and they’re not going to be able to pay for school.”

The Kansas Board of Regents will meet again in about two weeks to vote on the tuition proposals.

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