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May 17, 2012

PSU submits tuition plan

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State University has submitted a proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents  to increase tuition by 6.15 percent for the 2012-13 academic year.

Regents will vote on all of the tuition plans at their June meeting.

If Regents approve the proposal, a PSU undergraduate paying in-state rates will pay $2,193 in tuition this fall. That is an increase of $127 or 6.15 percent, according to PSU.

Under PSU’s flat-rate tuition structure, full-time students pay a set rate, regardless of how many additional credit hours they carry.

“Historically, Pittsburg State University has been very conservative in its approach to raising tuition and that’s certainly the case this year,”  President Steve Scott said in a statement. “The Tuition Committee (composed of students, faculty, staff, administrators and the community) spent months analyzing the university’s needs, the expected support from the state and tuition at other universities in the region and across the U.S. before coming up with a recommendation.”

In his presentation before the Board of Regents, Scott listed areas in which the additional revenue generated by the tuition increase is needed, including increases in health insurance premiums, utilities, faculty promotions, strategic initiatives, sustainability and recycling efforts, positions and operating expenses, a pay increase for unclassified employees, and other items impacted by the legislative process.


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