International Student Fee Increase Will be Rescinded

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Friday, June 26, 2020, 3:44 p.m.
KU Lawrence All Staff Faculty and Affiliates,Active and Incoming KU Lawrence and Edwards Students

Dear, Students, Staff and Faculty,

After discussions with international students and other student leaders, the University of Kansas has decided to rescind the international student fee increase approved to begin this fall.

We realize the significant impact such an increase would have on our international students, and we recognize the lack of alignment of this action with our previous messaging about our intentions to keep any tuition and fee increase as low as possible for the coming year.

This student fee is an essential resource to support the International Student Services office and the individuals it assists. This coming year, our Office of International Affairs will be engaged in strategic planning as part of the American Council on Education’s Internationalization and Globalization Laboratory. During this process, we will benchmark to ensure we are providing best in class services and programs. We will also engage in a review of the fee structure and financial model associated with the office. Our participation in the ACE Internationalization Lab will be an important initiative that guides us into the future.

I am appreciative of the students and advocates who reminded us of our guiding principles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our aspiration to protect equity for members of our community as much as possible during this highly challenging time.



Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor