The 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 Legislative Session is complete. The session resulted in the best higher education budget in years, including essential operations funding, increased need-based scholarships, merit salary increases and other critical investments (a brief budget outline appears below).

As a result, KU will hold tuition flat for a fourth consecutive year—providing welcome relief for Kansas families as we all cope with pervasive rising prices.

We thank our state government officials for their leadership during the 2022 session. KU and other universities will continue to work with them to maintain affordability, increase access to higher education and drive economic development.

Here are a few highlights of the fiscal year 2023 higher education budget:

Ongoing investments

  • $37.5 million restored to base-budget funding for six public universities
  • $19 million for need-based scholarships at public and private universities, to be matched by the Kansas Board of Regents
  • 5% merit salary increases for faculty and staff

One-time investments

  • $35 million deferred maintenance, to be matched by universities, including $9.5 million for KU’s Lawrence campus and nearly $4 million for KU Medical Center
  • $10 million for demolition
  • $20 million for information technology and security improvements

Federal COVID-relief investments

  • $25 million for KU and Wichita State University for a shared health education building in Wichita
  • $75 million for economic development, to be matched 3 to 1
  • $35 million for KU economic development projects

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