Prospective Eastern Kentucky University students who live just outside the Commonwealth could pay significantly higher tuition rates. E-K-U administrators want to increase tuition by five percent for students who come from Kentucky. But the increase could be bigger for new students who come from just beyond the border. Many pay less than the standard out of state students. E-K-U staff resource analyst Starr says Smith that could end. They want all out-of-state students to pay the same rate.
“So what they are trying to do is get rid of that targeted rate… and just decrease the out of state rate, we’re gonna’ decrease it down to make us more competitive with other universities within the state,” said Smith.
Under the plan, the out-of-state undergraduate rate would actually drop…from about 95 hundred dollars to just over 82 hundred dollars a semester. Students from targeted communities already attending E-K-U will still pay in-state tuition. The tuition changes go before Eastern’s Board of Regents April 26th.