Good Word: Supporting higher education in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents asks legislature to restore funding to state universities. 

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) recently announced its unified appropriation request for the public higher education system for the next two fiscal years. For the state universities, the request includes $50 million for fiscal year 2020 and an additional $35 million for fiscal year 2021. The total investment of $85 million would create more opportunities for individual Kansans and provide Kansas businesses with the talent they need to succeed in this competitive economy.

State universities have seen repeated cuts since fiscal year 2009. The requested restoration of funding aligns with the Regents’ strategic goals of increasing the number of Kansans with a certificate, degree or other credential, and will help keep higher education affordable for students and their families.

The request for state appropriation also includes tuition assistance for National Guard members, full funding for the Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative, funding for the postsecondary tiered and non-tiered technical state aid gap, state aid for Washburn University and funding for additional need-based student financial aid with a private match.

Kansas Board of Regents

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges).

To learn more about how you can help, contact Sue Peterson, chief government relations officer at Kansas State University; 785-532-6227 or

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