Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University’s Board of Regents adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its regular meeting Wednesday, June 26. The budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year includes a modest 2.7 percent increase in tuition for Washburn University from $292 to $300 per credit hour. Student fees remain unchanged at $55 per semester and that fee is passed on directly to the student government to support student activities on campus.
The tuition and fees at Washburn Tech for post-secondary students (those students who aren’t enrolled in high school while attending Washburn Tech) will increase from $158 to $163 per credit hour or 2.5 percent. Students at Washburn Tech who are still attending high school are not affected by this tuition increase.
“We have a history of very modest tuition increases over the years to avoid any drastic changes and to make the cost of a Washburn education both affordable and predictable,” said Jerry Farley, president. “What’s more, we avoid the use of fees unlike other public institutions. With our approach, you do not have to add multiple fees to the tuition rate to get the true cost of attending Washburn.”
Farley also noted that Washburn University operates on a different business model from nearly every other public university including all of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) schools.
“Most public universities receive a substantial part of their budget from state appropriations,” Farley said. “At Washburn, only 13.6 percent of our budget comes from our state operating grant. So, when the regional KBOR schools received a $2 million increase, in state appropriations, our share was $537 thousand.”
Farley noted while 22 percent of the budget comes from local sales tax receipts, this does not overcome Washburn’s smaller state appropriation
“The largest portion of our funding – 59 percent of the budget – comes from tuition,” he said.
“This modest tuition increase will allow us to fund a 2.5 percent salary program for our employees – the same increase planned for state and other university employees. We need a salary program this year since we have fallen 13 percent behind our peer institutions and we have not had any increase in salaries for five of the last ten years.”
Farley said that the university has reduced the overall budget to account for a decline in total credit hours last year and has also reduced costs of the employee health insurance program for two years in a row. In addition, Washburn reduced other costs across the university.