Kansas Regents approve 2% tuition increase for Wichita State

June 18, 2020 - 8:07 pm

The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday, approved a 2% tuition increase for Wichita State University for 2020-21. Fees that all students pay will remain flat.

This will result in an approximate tuition increase of $67 per resident undergraduate student, per semester. Even with the increase, Wichita State still remains the most affordable research university in the state and one of the most affordable research institutions in the country.

The increase comes after Wichita State kept tuition flat in 2019-2020, the lowest change in tuition rates since 1989.

This increase will allow Wichita State to maintain its high level of excellence and keep its commitment to providing students with an outstanding education and experience as Shockers.

The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant financial impact on WSU. University officials have implemented several cost-cutting measures and continue to look at other ways to lower operating costs.

Those efforts include: 

  • Temporary hiring freeze
  • Restrictions on discretionary spending including travel and non-essential purchases that will generate approximately $2.5 million in savings
  • Position review process established for new hire requests that takes into consideration essential services
  • Voluntary temporary furlough of deans and temporary reduction in salaries of university executives and athletic coaching staff, a measure that will generate approximately $100,000 in budgetary savings

2% General Use (GU) budget reduction for FY 2021 for all divisions, a measure that will generate approximately $2.6 million budgetary savings

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