|U of M Offers In-state Tuition to Students from Five Nearby Arkansas and Mississippi Counties
For release: June 10, 2005
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The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved a proposal that will allow residents of Crittenden County, Ark., and Desoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica counties in Mississippi to attend the University of Memphis without paying out-of-state tuition.
The Board passed the proposal during its quarterly meeting at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn.
The new policy will first apply to enrollment for the fall 2005 semester. The change means that academically qualified students who attend the U of M from anywhere in the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area will not pay out-of-state tuition, which currently is more than $13,000 per year. Tuition for Tennessee residents at the University of Memphis for academic year 2004-2005 was $4,480 per year for undergraduates and $5,450 for graduate students.
Information about admissions requirements and enrollment under this new program is available by phone at 901-678-6721 or online at www.memphis.edu/border.pdf
"This is a major step forward for the University of Memphis, but especially for the people who live in the five MSA counties," said Dr. Shirley C. Raines, president of the U of M. "They can now take advantage of the education available to them from a comprehensive university that is geographically close to their homes."
The main University campus is in Memphis. Additional sites are in Collierville, Millington, Dyersburg, and Jackson, Tenn. University evening classes are also offered at several high schools in Memphis, Bartlett, and Cordova.
Based on figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the current population of the five Memphis MSA counties in Arkansas and Mississippi is estimated to be almost 254,000. During academic year 2004-2005, those counties had an enrollment of approximately 2,400 high school seniors and 2,800 high school juniors.
Currently, more than 600 students from those counties are enrolled at the University. U of M administrators estimate that under this new program, that figure will more than double within four years.
The program was initiated and advocated by the University of Memphis, with the support of the University's Board of Visitors and in concert with community business and political leaders, as part of the University's mission to serve the entire Mid-South region and to provide an educated workforce for that area.
Two major rationales behind the program are the need of Memphis-area businesses and industries for a well-educated work force and the benefit of making such educational opportunities available for employees' families. Another important factor of the program is its potential for creating internships for students and career and employment opportunities for graduates.
When mature, the program is expected to contribute as much as $12 to $13 million to the local economy because of the increased student enrollment at the University and the impact of those students' spending power at area businesses.
The University of Memphis is a metropolitan research university committed to scholarly accomplishments of its students and faculty and to the enhancement of its community. The University offers 15 bachelor's degrees in more than 50 majors and 70 concentrations, master's degrees in more than 45 subjects, and doctoral degrees in 21 disciplines, in addition to the juris doctor (law) and specialist in education degrees.
The University of Memphis is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, first professional, master's, educational specialist's, and doctoral degrees. Individual colleges, schools and departments are accredited by the appropriate agencies.
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