Governor Laura Kelly says she hopes that extra state funding for the Kansas higher education system will lead to lower tuition for students and their families.

Kelly on Friday touted the additional $33 million included for higher education in a proposed $18.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.

She said during a Statehouse news conference that legislators included the extra money hoping that the Kansas Board of Regents could keep university tuition flat.  Kelly said she would like the regents to go further and reduce tuition.  She said she’s worried that students are being priced out of higher education.

The regents have complained in the past that tight state funding has forced them to increase tuition to pay for vital programs on the campuses.

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