Mississippi Valley State University to charge out-of-state students in-state tuition rateThe Science & Technology Center at Mississippi Valley State University
ITTA BENA, MS- Mississippi Valley State University will become the second of Mississippi's eight public universities to allow all out-of-state residents to pay the same tuition rates as students who live in the state.
Delta State was the first.
After College Board approval Thursday, all eight schools now plan to waive nonresident charges for at least some students. Besides Valley, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi won approval to charge in-state rates for certain groups of students.
A 2012 law allows universities to reduce tuition to in-state levels for non-Mississippians. The idea is to lure students who wouldn't otherwise attend, increasing revenue.
Mississippi universities increasingly depend on tuition, as state appropriations have stagnated in recent years. The schools say competitors in other states are waiving charges for Mississippi students.