The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) wants to enroll more students from Kansas and Colorado.
UNK is lowering its tuition for Kansas and Colorado students to the in-state rate through its Advantage Scholarship.
Ed Scantling, Associate Vice Chancellor Enrollment Management, says they want to be more competitive when attracting those students.
“It helps us get a little bit closer to in-state tuition in Kansas. In Colorado, it will actually bring us very close to or under the amount that some of those institutions in the state of Colorado charge their own in-state students,” Scantling tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The offer is out there now as UNK accepts applications for next fall, when the in-state tuition rate would take effect.
Students for Colorado and Kansas account for the most out-of-state students at UNK.
“Unfortunately, those numbers have declined in the last several years,” Scantling admits. “We hope that we could bring in an addition 100 students over the course of the next couple years from Colorado and Kansas.”
Colorado student could save about $28,000 over four years with the in-state tuition offer.
He says current UNK students from Kansas and Colorado will get the lower rate as well.
“There’s really no additional cost by us doing this, because we have the faculty and we have the capacity,” Scantling says. “It would be nice to have more students in our residence halls, because we do require our freshman to live in our residence halls.”
Kansas students currently pay $288 per credit hour, while those from Colorado pay $418.
Next year’s in-state tuition will be $198 per credit hour.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]