Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees have voted to lower and simplify the university’s out-of-state tuition rate.
Trustee Rhedona Rose, voted yes, but said a concerted effort must take place to recruit those students.
“It doesn’t do any good to have the lower rates if we don’t have the people that are going out-of-state to do that recruiting,” Rose said. “I think it’s important that the board sees a plan on how we’re going to do that.”
Starting Fall 2020, Tech will have a single out-of-state tuition fee instead of the current three rate system. Full-time out-of-state undergraduate students will pay a flat rate of $2,100 per semester, while graduate students will pay $1,680 per semester. Both part-time undergraduate and graduate out-of-state students will pay $140 per credit hour.
Officials believe the new structure will help Tech become more competitive and gain access to new markets.
“We continue to reach beyond our state borders with full knowledge that it will strengthen our service to students here at home,” TTU President Phil Oldham said. “By being able to import even more essential education talent to help drive Tennessee’s economic future.”
Current out-of-state students face three different fee levels, dependent on what situation they fall into. The fees for each level range from $160 per credit hour to $661 per credit hour.