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PSU Proposes A Tuition Increase For Fall

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Pittsburg State University students might be paying more this fall. The university presented the proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday (May16) in Topeka.

Officials say Pittsburg State's 2018 tuition and fees are the lowest compared to the five universities identified as PSU's peers by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university says if the increase of 2.6% is approved, it would be the university's smallest since 1999.

"We recognize the financial pressure rising tuition places on our students and their families," said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. "This proposal, our lowest in nearly 20 years, is the result of proactive planning and leadership at every level of our campus. It ensures Pittsburg State remains one of the most affordable universities in the nation."

Pittsburg State University officials say full-time in-state undergraduate students would pay $73 more per semester (tuition of $2,847/semester) and full-time graduate students would pay $84 more per semester (tuition of $3,280/semester).

Kansas lawmakers partially restored a 2016 budget cut in this spring's session, but PSU officials say annual increases in fixed costs make this year's modest tuition bump necessary.

"We anticipate an increase of more than $1.2 million in fixed costs this year," said Scott. "The partial funding restoration is a small step in the right direction. We're hopeful it signals a return to Kansas' past commitment to higher education."

"Our full-time students don't pay by the credit hour," said Scott. "Instead, they pay a flat-rate which allows them to enroll in additional credit hours without paying any additional tuition. Many of our students choose to earn an additional major, take courses of interest outside of their areas of study, or even graduate early. It's an affordable, flexible and popular option."

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