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Delta State University to Offer Same Tuition Costs for Out-of-State Residents

Delta State University Offer Same Tuition Costs

Delta State University has permitted the out-of-state students to pay the similar tuition costs as the inter-state students pay. It will be the first university among the eight Mississippi public universities to allow the same tuition rates to other state students. This was announced after the College Board approval in a meeting at Oxford on 18 October, 2012 when five of the eight universities planned to waive nonresident charges to at least few students.

The five universities which have planned to waive out-of-state tuition fees include Jackson State University, Mississippi University for Women, Alcorn State University, Ole Miss and Delta State University. But Delta State and Ole Miss would roll out their new waivers from the 2013 fall season itself. Currently, the Mississippi state students are paying around $5,580 for full time tuition of two semesters at the Delta State while the nonresidents are paying around $14,436 at the same university. Though Delta State has agreed to follow the policy of nonresident tuition cost, it will reduce the university's profit since there are already 231 students who have been given a waiver out of 269 non residents. The university is receiving around $350,000 per year from the remaining 38 nonresidents.

This year the Legislature had passed a law which allowed the universities to reduce tuition fees for some of the nonresident students at in-state levels. But the schools abolished the measure stating that public colleges in other states are charging tuition costs for the Mississippi students. According to the college officials, the idea of reducing tuition fees is for attracting those students to college which wouldn't attend otherwise and for schools to gain profit.

Delta State's population has been declined largely by 25 percent since 1970 which affected the high school graduates number in the region. Due to this decline, the university is working on the recruitment strategies by planning to recruit more nonresident students. The nonresident students contribute to around 10 percent of the total population of university which include children of alumni, student athletes and students from the bordering states. The university is adding more online courses, developing advanced online admission process, offering summer credit programs and designing evening and weekend schedules to serve community students.

The vice president for the finance and administration at Delta State, Greg Redlin said that if the tuition price isn't reduced, the university will face tough competition while recruiting the nonresident students. He added that the school is expecting to add around 60 out-of-state students over the next four years. The school can add more than 60 students without the need of more faculties and can add 1,000 students without the need of new buildings. If it can add more students at the in-state costs without additional overhead, the university revenue would bolster the school's finance, he said further.

The decision of the Delta State University to offer the same tuition costs to the students outside Mississippi will not only prove beneficial to the students but also to the university to gain profit.