It’s official. Pittsburg State students will have to pay more for school.

It’s official. Pittsburg State students will have to pay more for school.
At Thursday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting, the regents approved of a $116 increase in tuition for resident students (both undergraduate and graduate) and a $251 increase for nonresident students.
“Each year I struggle with trying to properly balance the needs of the universities with the financial needs and concerns of students,” said Jill Docking of Wichita, vice chairwoman of the regents. “A few months ago, in an effort to provide some relief to hard-working students and their families in this tough economy, the Board was in a position to freeze tuition for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, additional budget cuts, made necessary by the economic downturn and declining state revenues, made that impossible.”
Percentage-wise, Pittsburg State is the only state university raising resident tuition more than nonresident rates.
Resident undergraduate tuition, although only rising $116, is seeing a 6.8 percent change while resident graduate tuition, jumping the same $116, is hiking up 5.8 percent. PSU resident undergraduate students are seeing the fourth highest dollar increase among regents universities, more than Kansas State, Kansas State-Salina, Fort Hays State and Emporia State, but behind KU (which has two forms of tuition computation) and Wichita State. Resident graduate students are seeing the second-lowest tuition increase in the state ahead of only Emporia State.
Comparatively, nonresident undergraduate rates, going up $251 (the lowest amount in the state), are rising 4.3 percent. Nonresident graduate tuition, also increasing by $251 (also the lowest dollar amount increase in the state), is increasing 4.6 percent.
By comparison, Kansas State is raising tuition by 3.9 percent across the board, while Fort Hays State is hiking tuition by 7.5 percent across the board.
The tuition increases for Pittsburg State come after the Kansas Legislature cut Board of Regents funding, which came to Pittsburg State in the form of a $3.8 million cut.
“We sharply reduced travel, didn’t fill a number of open positions and delayed the purchase of equipment,” said John Patterson, PSU vice president for administration and campus life. “Every office is doing its part.”
The tuition increases would bring in an additional $1.5 million to cover the $3.8 million hole. The changes Patterson identified help to close the remaining $2.3 million, as well as cover nearly $900,000 in increased costs at the university.
“These are all difficult things to do,” Patterson said. “Cutting budgets for academic departments, leaving positions unfilled and delaying the purchase of important equipment are serious decisions. Likewise, the university is very reluctant to increase the cost of education for students and their families. But these are unusual and difficult times for everyone in Kansas and across the U.S. Our efforts at Pittsburg State are designed to protect the quality of education while at the same time preserving access to higher education for our citizens.”

Andrew Nash can be reached at or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.