On June 18, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the tuition and fees increase at Wichita State University. Full-time undergraduate Kansas residents will now pay 4.4 percent more in tuition and 7 percent more in fees, increasing the total cost to $7,3226 for one year of study at the standard 15-hour course load per semester.
Other increases across the state include a 4.9 percent tuition hike at the University of Kansas, and a Kansas State University increase of 5 percent in tuition and 7.4 percent in fees.
Pratt Community College tuition and fees for Kansas residents remain unchanged, with tuition and fees totaling $2950 for one year of study. Fees for out of state students did increase 1.6 percent for the 2014-2015 school year.
“Our cost to students per credit hour is significantly lower than the major state universities,” said Kent Adams, PCC vice president of finance and operations. “We place a priority on providing general education courses and technical training to all students while not burdening them with the same financial repercussions that they might find elsewhere.”
According to Bryan Lowry, reporting for the Wichita Eagle, Wichita State President John Bardo stressed that the institution’s costs are higher due to the quality of their programs and increased services provided to students.
“In the end, there is a cost to having quality,” he said.
Pratt Community College graduates have, however, historically out-performed their peers at Wichita State. According to the 2012 KBOR Transfer Feedback Report, PCC transfers to Wichita State had an average term GPA of 2.88, as compared to the 2.73 of non-transfer university natives, and the average term GPA of 2.65 of students who transferred from other Kansas community colleges.
“Our quality is proven,” said Lisa Perez Miller, vice president of students and enrollment management. “The transfer data speaks for itself, and students are not sacrificing the value of their education when they attend Pratt Community College at a substantially lower cost.”