Kansas students could face tuition hike

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Budgets cuts at the Kansas capitol mean students will likely pay more for college at state schools.

At the University of Kansas, tuition could go up by 4.4 percent for incoming freshmen, which would mean an extra $200 per semester for the average KU freshman next fall.

The Kansas legislature approved 1.5 percent budget cuts for two consecutive years for state colleges and universities. Once Gov. Sam Brownback approves the budget, the Board of Regents will set tuition for the next year, likely leading to increases.

"I feel like this is kind of holding us back," incoming KU freshman Giovana Silva said. "I feel like it's a lot right now as it is, and any increase would be dramatic for me."

It's an especially difficult time because some student loans may soon become more expensive.

Senate Republicans and Democrats need to reach an agreement before July 1, otherwise interest rates for new subsidized Stafford loans could go from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

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