University of Kansas 2019 State Agenda

The Kansas Board of Regents is asking lawmakers to consider an additional $85 million in base funding for the state’s universities during the next two fiscal years, as well as $25 million in the second fiscal year for need-based financial aid. KU supports this request and echoes the Regents’ belief that this funding is necessary to ensure state universities can meet the needs of Kansas families and communities and drive prosperity in the state.

In January, Governor Kelly released her budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which recommends an additional $8.9 million for public higher education — which amounts to an additional $2.8 million for KU. She has also proposed a 2.5 percent state employee pay increase plan that includes university employees. We appreciate Governor Kelly’s support for additional funding in her budget proposal, and we look forward to working with her and the Kansas Legislature to continue on the funding restoration path.

State support for KU has declined $28 million since 2008 — a precipitous drop that has put upward pressure on tuition and hampered our ability to serve Kansas. Given this decade-long decline in funding, the Regents’ request for additional funding is crucial. The Regents request would restore state university funding to 2008 levels.

Increased funding would enhance KU’s ability to serve the state in meaningful ways. Specifically, funding would enable us to:

  • stabilize tuition
  • improve healthcare in Kansas — with an emphasis on rural health access and cancer research and treatment
  • expand our work in important areas like cybersecurity and addiction research and treatment

Together, we can fulfill KU’s mission of education, service and research in a way that creates a more prosperous Kansas.

For additional data and detail about KU’s efforts in Topeka, visit our State Relations page or contact Kelly Reynolds, director of state relations, at 785-864-7100 or

Interested in advocating for higher education?

KU students, employees, alumni and supporters are encouraged to join Jayhawks for Higher Education, the university’s higher education advocacy group headed by the KU Alumni Association. Jayhawks for Higher Education members receive updates throughout the legislative session, are notified of legislative events in their area, and are called upon at key moments during the session to contact legislators on behalf of KU.

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