Out-of-State Tuition Waiver Bill May Benefit Mississippi HBCUs
[mpoverlay]Mississippi legislators last month passed a bill allowing state schools to waive out-of-state student tuition, clearing the way for Mississippi HBCUs to strengthen recruitment efforts in nearby states like Alabama and Louisiana.
Targeting native Mississippians and military veterans, legislators hope that some of the nation’s most affordable in-state costs for higher education will lead to higher enrollment.
The total average tuition for a non-resident student at Mississippi’s universities is $13,637 this school year. In-state students pay an average of $5,419.
That’s a difference of $8,218 per year.
Although Mississippi’s tuition costs are significantly lower than national averages, officials argue the additional cost is enough to persuade a prospective student to choose a university in his or her home state rather than attend one across state borders. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
The bill goes into effect July 1. Schools seeking to relax tuition through this plan will be required to submit a plan to the state College Board next month.
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