Kansas universities housing and dining fees won’t rise next year

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The six state universities in Kansas will not raise on-campus housing and dining fees next year, despite increased costs and having fewer students because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kansas Board of Regents voted Wednesday to keep the fees flat after university officials told them the schools need to keep the cost of attendance affordable, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Housing officials also hope to attract more students to living in residence halls to offset higher costs related to the pandemic.

Average costs for double-occupancy rooms with limited dining options will remain at $9,156 at Emporia State, $8,182 at Fort Hays State, $9,480 at Kansas State, $9,700 at the University of Kansas, $7,956 at Pittsburg State and $11,180 at Wichita State.

The board also voted to align the universities’ spring breaks with the state’s K-12 school system, to create consistency and make dual enrollment easier for high school students.

The regents also appointed a committee to begin the search for a new Wichita State president. Jay Golden was president at the university for less than a year before resigning abruptly in September after being criticized for rescinding an invitation to Ivanka Trump to speak at the school.