Kansas’ public colleges and universities are quickly expanding online course and degree program offerings. The schools are working to meet a rising demand for distance learning opportunities in the state. From 2011 to 2012, many Kansas schools saw online enrollment numbers jump up to 25%.
Currently 60 of Kansas’ 91 colleges and universities offer college credit and entire degree programs online. And most of those that do are expanding their programs. For instance, Wichita State University recently announced the school will offer twelve undergraduate programs and four graduate programs fully online starting this year.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, while local and state government grants have steadily increased in small increments between 2006 and 2011, Kansas has struggled to appropriate and maintain funding since the economic recession. Budget cuts at the state level caused tuition in Kansas to rise more than $300 above the rate of inflation in 2013-14.
During the 2013-14 school year, an estimated 40% of grants to post-secondary students nationwide came from the federal government, with an average aid amount of just under $6,000 per student. This federal aid ease tuition burdens for students in cash-strapped states like Kansas. And in better news, tuition rates in Kansas are fairly low compared to national averages. Between 2006 and 2011 while tuition rates rose an average of 42% nationwide, tuition in Kansas rose only 33.5%.
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