TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Regents approved tuition rates Wednesday for each of the six state universities in Kansas for the 2016-17 academic year. Increases range from 4.9 percent to 6 percent for a full-time undergraduate resident student and 3.6 percent to 6 percent for a full-time undergraduate non-resident student. Tuition rates also will increase for resident and non-resident graduate students, ranging from 3 percent to 6 percent.

“Voting to raise tuition is never agreed to lightly,” said Regents chair Zoe Newton. “We balance our commitment to keeping tuition affordable against the need to maintain and improve the excellence of our state universities. Students expect and deserve a quality education, and our state needs high quality doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers ... all of our graduates, in whatever discipline they have pursued. Maintaining these high standards requires investment to ensure the vitality and excellence of the Kansas public postsecondary educational system.”

A revised tuition rate proposal as submitted by each university is available at: http://kansasregents.org/about/regent_meetings_agendas_and_minutes.

FY2017 funding for the Kansas public postsecondary system has, to-date, been reduced by $38.1 million, or 4.8 percent from the amount initially appropriated for higher education in 2016-17. Of that amount, $23.6 million has been cut collectively from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Regents, as defined in state law, is to set tuition and fees at state universities. Based on the tuition rates approved, it is projected that approximately $724 million will be raised from tuition revenues in this upcoming year, an increase of $4.3 million over initial proposals submitted to the board last month and an increase of $36.2 million in projected revenue from the previous year. In addition to making up for the loss in state funding, each university outlined how any additional revenue would be spent, including enhancements in scholarship support, campus security, inflationary increases to operating expenses, growth in online education, financing costs for IT software and hardware, and additional student advisers.

FHSU's increase will be 6 percent for students.