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Regional Campuses Reduce Tuition for Out-of-State Students

Posted Apr, 5, 2010

Students in select counties from western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia to benefit

Kent State University is reducing tuition by more than $6,000 annually for residents of northern West Virginia and western Pennsylvania when they attend a Regional Campus. The price break will start this fall. The tuition will decrease across the board to reflect an 80 percent reduction in the surcharge normally assessed to out-of-state students. For example, a full-time student taking upper division classes, which are currently $13,478 a year, will now pay just $7,324.

“This reduction in tuition will allow students just outside our state lines an opportunity to take advantage of our world-class resources,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “These future students will be able to gain employer-valued skills and make a positive contribution to the local economy upon graduation.”

The reduction will be made available to all permanent residents of northern West Virginia who reside in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties. Western Pennsylvania residents in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer counties also will benefit from the initiative.

In the past, the University Award Scholarship Program, which provided support for 50 percent of the out-of-state surcharge, was available to qualifying students. However, the scholarship mainly targeted full-time students. Consequently, only a limited number of current and prospective students were served.

“The Regional Campuses, especially the Ashtabula, Trumbull, Salem and East Liverpool campuses are in very close proximity to these regions,” said Dean Wanda Thomas, who is interim executive dean for Kent State’s Regional Campuses. “It makes a lot of sense for students from these regions to take advantage of our campuses, versus having to drive further to attend a school in their own state.”

Among the four campuses, students may complete a total of 40 degree programs including 15 bachelor’s degrees. Or, students may elect to start at one of the campuses before moving on to take advantage of the more than 280 degrees Kent State has to offer.

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Media Contacts:
Ruth McCullagh, rmcculla@kent.edu, 330-337-4247
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595