Thursday, November 16, 2000

NKU to reduce tuition costs for its out-of-state students

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Ohio residents can now save big bucks when they cross the river to beef up their work skills.

        The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved a proposal Wednesday to waive the additional cost of out-of-state tuition for undergraduate students at its satellite campuses starting next spring.

        The plan is aimed at people already in the work force who want to go back to school or take some classes to enhance their professional needs.

        It's also a way to serve Kentucky businesses that want more affordable higher education opportunities for their employees, especially those who commute from Ohio or Indiana.

        “This will more actively serve the needs of the businesses in recruiting and retaining employees,” said Mark Shanley, NKU's vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

        Out-of-state students can take courses at NKU's Distributed Learning Centers, such as the campus in Covington, for the same cost as Kentucky students. NKU's yearly in-state tuition and fees is $2,328, compared to $6,576 for out-of-state students.

        The university is also expanding the number of satellite campuses, offering on-site courses at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Maysville Community College, Jefferson Community College's Carrollton campus and the IRS Center in Covington, in addition to its centers in Grant and Pendleton counties. Out-of-state residents don't take courses at these centers because of the cost, Mr. Shanley said.

        The waivers will be offered on a three-year pilot basis.


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