Kansas Regents Vote To Keep Resident Undergraduate Tuition At State Universities Flat


(Topeka, Kan.) – The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) voted today to keep undergraduate tuition at the six state universities flat for Kansas residents in Fiscal Year 2020.

“The Board believes that keeping tuition flat was incredibly important for Kansas families,” said KBOR Chair Dennis Mullin. “Education beyond high school offers students the best chance at building successful and fulfilling careers. This vote will help keep our state universities affordable and accessible.”

For Fiscal Year 2020, KBOR requested $50 million in restored funding for state universities, which had experienced multiple state funding cuts during the past decade. The Legislature added $34 million to state universities this year, but the universities remain $31 million below the 2009 level of state funding.

“We are very thankful to the Governor and Legislature for the partial restoration of funding, but it’s important to remember that this was only a first step,” said Regent Mullin. “State universities are having to find efficiencies and make difficult decisions next year to keep their tuition flat. I believe that these tough decisions will be worth it to keep our universities affordable for Kansas families, but continued investment by the Legislature will be critical in the coming years.”

One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Regents, as defined in state law, is to set tuition and fees at state universities. The full tuition and fee rates for Fiscal Year 2020 are available here.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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