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FHSU approves 2.5-percent tuition increase

6/19/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

The Kansas Board of Regents approved tuition proposals from the six state universities Wednesday.

Tuition at Fort Hays State University will be raised by 2.5 percent, equaling a $3 increase per credit hour for undergraduate residents and a $4.48 increase for graduate residents.

The FHSU tuition increase was the lowest, while Kansas State University-Salina raised tuition by 5.7 percent, making it the highest increase. The average tuition increase was 4.6 percent.

"These approved tuition rates represent the lowest overall tuition increases in 13 years," Fred Logan, board chairman, said in a press release.

FHSU President Edward Hammond proposed the tuition increase to the board in an April meeting.

"The low tuition increase is made possible by a number of things," Hammond said in an April Student Government Association meeting. "Most significantly was the implementation of our wind project."

The wind energy project uses two wind turbines to offset the energy costs to the university. Currently, 80 percent of all electricity on campus is produced from the wind turbines. That results in an estimated $750,000 to $1 million savings per year, Hammond said.

The Board of Regents is still primarily responsible for setting tuition and fees, although university presidents suggest the increase amount.

"With $6.5 million of revenue for this next year coming from reallocation savings, universities are working hard to operate as efficiently as possible and keep tuition increases minimal," said Regent Kenny Wilk, who will serve next as chairman of the Board of Regents.