June 20, 2012 12:00AM
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved new tuition rates for Pittsburg State University for the upcoming academic year. The board OK’d the university’s tuition proposal during its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 20, in Topeka.
“We appreciate the Board of Regents’ support and understanding as we work to balance rising costs and declining state support against the need to keep a college degree affordable and academic quality high,” said PSU President Steve Scott.
Beginning this fall, a PSU undergraduate paying in-state rates will pay $2,193 a semester in tuition. That is an increase of $127 or 6.15 percent. Under PSU’s flat-rate tuition structure, full-time students pay a set rate, regardless of how many additional credit hours they carry.
Even with the tuition increase, Pittsburg State remains one of the most affordable universities in the region, Scott said. Last year, Pittsburg State had the lowest tuition of its national peers and was fifth from the bottom among the 13 universities in the MIAA.
Scott said the university has taken a wide range of actions to reduce costs and maximize resources. Those include consolidating academic departments, eliminating positions, implementing the KPERS Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program and reducing energy consumption.
Scott also noted that the university has worked hard to increase private support for scholarships. In 2010, the university launched the Pathways to PSU scholarship campaign. Since then, PSU has created 44 new scholarships. In 2012, the university awarded $2.8 million in non-athletic scholarships to 2,493 students.
“Pittsburg State University strives not only to provide a great academic experience for students, but also to make it accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds,” Scott said. “Private support through scholarships is absolutely critical in our commitment to making a college education an attainable goal.”