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U of M could reduce out of state tuition

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Tuition fees could soon be slashed for some out-of-state students looking to enroll at University of Memphis. Tuition fees could soon be slashed for some out-of-state students looking to enroll at University of Memphis.
After a slight dip in enrollment last fall, school leaders announced plans to reduce tuition for out-of-state students who live within 250 miles of Memphis. After a slight dip in enrollment last fall, school leaders announced plans to reduce tuition for out-of-state students who live within 250 miles of Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Tuition fees could soon be slashed for some out-of-state students looking to enroll at University of Memphis.

The Tennessee Board of Regents will review a recent request made by the university over the summer. High school students living out of state, who graduate within a 250 mile radius of Memphis, could save more than $8,000 as a full-time undergraduate.

School leaders say the plan will attract more students to the area, who may later work in the region after graduation.

Students living in border counties like DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, or Crittenden County, Ark. already attend the school at an in-state rate.

The request would also lower tuition costs by $3,000 for out-of-state students who live beyond the radius.

School leaders say the tuition reduction would not only be good for students, but City of Memphis as a whole.

Jase Willbanks grew up in Ripley, Miss., about 80 miles from Memphis. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that he could soon get a big discount to go to college at University of Memphis.

"From where I live, a lot of people don't have a lot of money, so cost definitely matters," he said.

After a slight dip in enrollment last fall, school leaders announced plans to reduce tuition for out-of-state students who live within 250 miles of Memphis.

School leaders say it could bring more students to the city and the region, where more than half stay to work after they graduate.

"I have a lot of good friends in Ripley that do work in Memphis and have gone to school in Memphis," said Willbanks. "With Memphis bordering Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, within that 250 mile range, that's just great for everybody."

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