Peru State Eliminates Out of State Tuition with Pilot Program
Three-Year Trial Begins This Fall
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Stan Carpenter today announced a three-year pilot program that will allow students who live outside of Nebraska the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates beginning this fall.
The college already offers a single tuition rate for online courses, so the program will apply to those students pursuing their degrees on-site.
Carpenter said, “The reality is that high tuition costs have put college out of reach for far too many people, especially during these difficult economic times. This pilot program presents an opportunity for students who wouldn’t otherwise have the financial means to get a top quality education without compounding costs just because they may live five miles from Nebraska’s borders.
“Since Peru State already offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the region, we anticipate this program will be well-received by potential students and further enhance our already strong on-campus enrollments. The side benefit is that it also has the potential to significantly impact rural economic development in southeast Nebraska by exposing more individuals to this region of the state. Conventional wisdom is that students who move to a state to attend college have a higher chance of staying in the state after graduation or returning at some point in their careers. Roughly 86 percent of our graduates live and work in Nebraska following graduation.”
Current tuition rates at the institution are $116.50 per credit hour for on-campus undergraduate courses, $168.50per credit hour for online undergraduate courses and $210.75 per credit hour for online graduate courses. (Both of PSC’s graduate programs, the Master of Science in Organizational Management with emphases in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and the Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction, are available entirely online.) Tuition rates for 2009-2010 will be set by the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Board of Trustees during their meeting on Friday, June 19.
The NSCS Board of Trustees will receive annual reports regarding the program and determine its future after three years.
For additional information about Peru State, visit www.peru.edu.