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The representative for community colleges in Kansas is warning the state Board of Regents that a federal tax overhaul could make higher education less affordable.

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The Kansas Board of Regents is meeting today at Wichita State University. It's the first time the board is meeting at WSU in two years.

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas is part of a bipartisan congressional effort trying to get legislation passed that would continue a federal student loan program.

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Kansas State University is scaling back this year’s budget by millions of dollars after about 1,000 fewer students enrolled this fall compared to the previous year, creating a budget crunch.

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Fall enrollment numbers were released Friday for regents universities and colleges, and they show a mixed picture at schools across the state. Overall enrollment is down in Kansas, but Wichita State University is one of the schools seeing an increase in students.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted the importance of making higher education accessible Thursday while on a whirlwind tour of vocational classrooms at Johnson County Community College.

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Universities in Wichita have produced Fulbright Scholars in the past, including Wichita State University President John Bardo. This year, Friends University has produced two, including one historian who's been a Fulbright scholar three times. She leaves on Wednesday to teach at a university in Bosnia.

The prestigious Fulbright Program, operated by the U.S. Department of State, helps to increase understanding between Americans and people in other countries. The program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research in 190 countries.

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A small four-year private college in Winfield, south of Wichita, has experienced record enrollment this fall.

Southwestern College has enrolled 272 new students, more than half of the total student body.

College spokeswoman Kadee Riggs-Johnson says the school, which has an overall enrollment of about 500, attributes the growth to robust recruiting, and possibly, a newly added baseball program.

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Students who complete an associate’s degree at Pratt Community College that prepares them to become electrical linemen earn just under $100,000 annually five years after graduation, according to a massive database now available online as an interactive tool. 

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The cost of higher education in Kansas continued to swell last week, carrying on a long-running trend in which universities rely increasingly on tuition and fees to operate.

This fall, a full-time semester at the University of Kansas will cost nearly $2,000 more than a decade earlier. The increase at Kansas State University has been similar.

Also over the last decade, the state’s spending per student at Kansas Board of Regents universities has slid.

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