Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kris Kobach Fights Kansas College Tuition Increase

The Kansas City Star is reporting that college tuition will be increasing once again. Hunter Woodall wrote:
Kansas State University is asking for a 1.1 percent tuition rate increase for undergraduate residents, while KU students in Lawrence could see an increase of 2.8 percent. Wichita State is asking for an increase of 2.5 percent.
At the KU campus in Lawrence, that would mean the undergraduate cost of tuition for 15 credit hours and not including fees would rise from $4,909 to $5,046, a $137 increase.A student at Kansas State would see tuition grow from $4,637 last school year to $4,688 in the next, a $51 increase.For Wichita State, undergraduate residents could see tuition go from $3,272 to $3,354, an $82 rise.

Kansas University will also be eliminating its previous practice of freezing a freshman's tuition throughout their 4 year's of study at KU.

The frustrating thing with this story is that Woodall provided no push back against the schools when writing this piece. He simply passed on the information as if it were the weather report, where no one is really accountable for bad events or the consequences. Where are the probing questions about executive salaries, waste or the fact that Kansans are paying higher tuition in order to subsidize non-citizens claiming in-state tuition? The underlying assumption is that prices are going up and Kansans just need to deal with it.

Kris Kobach, who is running for governor of Kansas objected to this story claiming that illegal immigration is to blame. Kris wrote the following on his Facebook page:
It will cost more to attend KU, K-State, and WSU next year. We could stem the rising tide of tuition hikes, if Kansas stopped granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens. When I'm governor, subsidies to illegal aliens will stop.
Our actions have consequences and often it is our children who pay the price for our choices. This is certainly the case with our permissive attitude towards illegal immigration. We are now asking our children to pay the price because we do not enforce our laws. Below is a great clip of Kris discussing the issue on Fox News.

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