By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press
JACKSON — Jackson State will become the first of Mississippi’s public universities to waive out-of-state tuition for certain students.
The College Board voted Thursday to allow Jackson State to cut rates. Groups that would benefit include military veterans and their relatives, high achievers from urban areas and students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.
The Legislature enacted a law this year allowing universities to reduce tuition to in-state levels for some non-Mississippians. The schools had lobbied for the measure, saying that public colleges in other states were waiving charges for Mississippi students.
Starting next fall, JSU will charge $5,842 a year for undergraduate tuition for Mississippians and $8,477 for most out-of-state undergraduates.