This Tennessee university plans to offer tuition discounts to Georgia students

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Channel 2 Action News has learned that a Tennessee university plans to offer discounted tuition to students from nine surrounding states, including Georgia.

According to The Chattanooga Times Free Press, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga officials said the goal of the new regional tuition program is to attract and retain diverse talent in the area as well as reach enrollment goals laid out for the University of Tennessee system.

“We really have paid attention to Tennessee residents and how we serve the state of Tennessee well,” university Chancellor Steve Angle said. “This kind of is rounding out our student body and bringing in additional young people to this community that can add to the economy and hopefully drive the future of the region. We are trying to set UTC up to be a net importer of talent in the community.”

Under the program, students from Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia would pay about $18,000 a year instead of about $26,000 a year as out-of-state students, according to The Associated Press.

“This absolutely reflects a shift in thinking commensurate with the future in thinking in higher education,” said Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause. “This is the right thing to do for Tennessee. We know a student is likely to stay in the city where they went to college.”

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