Jackson State University’s out-of-state fees will be “significantly reduced” to $500 per semester starting in fall 2019 after approval from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).
Associate Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management Warren B. Johnson said JSU’s flat fee amounts to $1,000 per year. Previously, the out-of-state fee was $11,228 per year, and then students had to apply for a possible fee waiver.
Johnson said, “Because there is a flat fee, our out of state students will be charged $500 per semester. There is no application or waiver process anymore. The reduced amount will be automatically assessed for all out-of-state incoming and returning students – grads and undergrads – beginning in fall 2019.”
Other officials at JSU say admitted out-of-state students will now be able to persist through graduation, with the goal that many of those graduates will reside in Mississippi to help boost economic and workforce development initiatives by filling professional jobs.
Meanwhile, JSU hopes the new fee will help mitigate financial issues with affordability by reducing financial impediments and help the institution retain more students.
JSU students who enroll in summer classes in May and June will not receive the reduced fee since the new change won’t take effect until fall 2019.
In addition, the reduced fee does not apply to JSU Online program participants, since they are not charged the out-of-state fee.