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Out-of-State tuition reduction announced

Posted Apr. 9, 2010

Students in select counties to benefit

KENT, Ohio – 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. This includes the Columbiana County Campuses in East Liverpool and Salem. 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 lower division courses, which are currently $12,630 annually, will now pay just $6,252. 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 will also benefit from the initiative.

“Our campuses are in very close proximity to these regions,” said Dean Jeffery Nolte, who oversees the Salem and East Liverpool 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.”

The East Liverpool Campus, for instance, is just 4 minutes from Chester, W. Va.  “We’re literally right across the river from West Virginia, but until now, we weren’t a financially viable option for many students,” Nolte said. “However, with the tuition reduction, we’re now able to serve these students.”

At the Kent State Columbiana County campuses, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in 14 different disciplines or an associate’s degree in 14 different areas.  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.   For information regarding the new tuition rates please contact the Director of Enrollment Management and Student Services at (330) 385-3805.