Thursday, May 23, 2002

UC votes to renew NKU reciprocity

Agreement keeps grad-student tuition low

By Kristina Goetz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to renew the school's graduate-student reciprocity agreement with Northern Kentucky University.

        If fully approved, the agreement will allow students in eight counties in Northern Kentucky and nine counties in Southwest Ohio to pay in-state graduate-student tuition rates, the cost of which depends on the area of study.

        There will be some changes, however, in programs offered in the agreement, which will be effective July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2005.

        “It has a lot to do with market demand and the availability of programs in a particular area,” said UC spokesman Greg Hand.

        But students already accepted into programs before the change takes effect will be grandfathered in.

        In Kentucky, the program applies to residents of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton counties. In Ohio, residents in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland counties are affected.

        Northern Kentucky students who want to enroll in UC's medical program also will now pay in-state costs. That will save those students about $10,000 a year, Mr. Hand said.

        UC will offer students lowered rates for a master's degree in nursing and a doctorate in education, which add up to a savings of about $4,500 a year in each.

        No programs in UC's College of Business will be included and neither will some in the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.

        In addition, programs in UC's College of Law will be excluded.

        The only program NKU will offer is the master's in education. It is open only to students living in Ohio who teach in Kentucky, said Rick Meyers, an NKU spokesman.

        Other Ohio students seeking that degree will be offered a metro tuition rate.

        The agreement, already approved by NKU's Board of Regents and Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education, must be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and controlling board.


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