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Tuition reduced for residents in bordering PA counties

Posted Apr. 6, 2010

Tuition Reduction

Kent State University reduces tuition by $6,000 for out-of-state students attending regional campuses

Kent State University is reducing tuition by more than $6,000 annually for residents of western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia when they attend a KSU 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," Kent State President Lester A. Lefton said. "These future students will be able to gain employer-valued skills and make a positive contribution to the local economy upon graduation," Lefton said.

The reduction will be made available to all permanent residents of western Pennsylvania residents in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer counties. Northern West Virginia residents in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties also will benefit from the initiative. Ashtabula Campus Dean Susan Stocker is pleased that individuals who live just across the state line will be able to take advantage of this reduced rate. "With our new state-of-the-art health and science building, our high-quality nursing and allied health programs that lead to recession proof jobs and clinical locations close to home, this is the perfect opportunity for these residents to better afford an education," Stocker said.

"The regional campuses, especially the Ashtabula, Trumbull, Salem and East Liverpool campuses are in very close proximity to these regions," Interim Executive Dean for Kent State’s Regional Campuses Wanda Thomas said. "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," Thomas said.

Among the four campuses, students may complete a total of 40 degree programs including 15 bachelor’s degrees. Students may also 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.

The Ashtabula Campus of Kent State University is about an hour drive from Erie or Edinboro. Call 440-964-3322 for more information.