TSU hopes tuition cut increases enrollment

TSU hopes tuition cut increases enrollment

Out-of-state students can get fees cut in half

Tennessee State University is cutting out-of-state tuition in half for current and incoming students who take a full course load and post high grade-point averages.

All current out-of-state students with a 3.0 grade-point average automatically will receive the tuition discount, paying around $3,500 a semester — instead of about $7,000 — plus fees. In-state students pay about $3,200 in tuition and fees for 15 hours.

The reduced tuition rate, which the school calls the Scholar Tuition Rate, is part of a pilot program granted by the Tennessee Board of Regents. University officials are optimistic the program will attract higher-quality students and keep them on track to graduate on time.

Returning undergraduate students who have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and are enrolled in 15 credit hours a semester automatically will get the scholarship. Incoming students are eligible if they have an ACT score of at least 21 and a 3.0 GPA in high school.

Portia Shields, the interim president at TSU, said she expects around 500 students to receive the discounted tuition in the fall, and said she has heard from several students who are thrilled with the economic barriers it removes. The school enrolled 7,105 undergraduate students last year, and one in five of them was from outside Tennessee.



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