Under an agreement that took effect July 1, residents in six Ohio counties will be able to attend IPFW and pay in-state tuition, university officials announced Monday.
Residents of Butler, Darke, Preble, Shelby, Mercer and Van Wert counties in Ohio are eligible to pay in-state tuition at IPFW, which is much less expensive than out-of-state tuition.
At the tuition rates in effect for the coming school year, Ohio residents of these counties could save more than $40,000 in tuition in the course of earning a bachelor's degree at IPFW. Students paying the in-state rate in the 2013-2014 school year would pay about $7,800 for 30 credit hours -- a typical class load in a school year. Out-of-state tuition for the same number of credit hours would cost about $18,700.
This tuition-reciprocity agreement was approved by the governing boards for public higher education in Indiana and Ohio. IPFW officials said the purpose of this tuition-reciprocity agreement is to expand higher education opportunities across the Indiana and Ohio border while limiting the cost of such expansion through collaboration among public institutions.
“Conversations about establishing reciprocity began years ago to give students in Ohio border counties the opportunity to choose IPFW as their college of choice, without having to pay out-of-state tuition rates, due to proximity of location,” IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said in a news release announcing the deal. “This is a win-win situation for students looking for a college near home with affordable tuition, and we are very pleased to be included in the new reciprocity agreement.”
An awareness and recruitment effort for students in the six Ohio counties begins today. Students interested in information should visit ipfw.edu/ohio or call 1-800-324-IPFW.