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USM slashing out-of-state tuition fees to attract more students

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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wants more Golden Eagles from out of state. With in-state enrollment declining for each of the past four years, USM plans to attract more students by reducing out-of-state tuition by $6,565 beginning next fall.

Out-of-state tuition will fall from $16,529 this year to $9,964 in the fall of 2017. That will make tuition lower at USM than in-state tuition at many universities in surrounding states.

Currently USM has about 14,500 students, down from more than 16,000 four years ago. Attracting more out-of-state students would help prevent the need for downsizing, steep hikes in resident tuition and\or asking for more state funding.



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