Some Kentucky students set to pay in-state tuition at TTU

Graduating seniors and other prospective college students in six Kentucky counties can now pay Tennessee's in-state tuition rates to attend Tennessee Tech University.

The Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this month approved out-of-state tuition fee waivers for students in Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne and Whitley counties, all of which sit on the border of southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. The waiver applies to anyone who lives in those counties and wants to enroll at TTU.

"It's beneficial for everyone involved now that Tennessee Tech can extend in-state tuition rates to these areas," said Marvin Barker, TTU's provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We expect this program will help increase the educational and economic development in that region, and the effect will spill over into the adjacent Tennessee counties."

Tennessee’s only comprehensive, four-year technological university, Tennessee Tech University offers more than 40 outstanding undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and schools –– Arts & Sciences, Agriculture & Human Ecology, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and the innovative School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Education which allows students to customize their coursework. Excellent graduate programs in engineering, education, science, business and other disciplines are also available.

Last fall, U.S.News & World Report ranked Tennessee Tech University among the Top Public Universities in the South for the third time and among the top 40 Best Universities in the South for its ranking category. The ranking in the magazine's 2005 America's Best Colleges publication was TTU’s fifth overall top-ranking appearance by the news weekly in recent years. The university was also named one of the “Best Southeastern Colleges” by The Princeton Review last fall.

Located just one hour south of Albany and 80 miles east of Nashville in friendly, picturesque Cookeville, TTU’s beautifully landscaped campus provides a comfortable environment in a small town. Home to about 9,100 students, TTU is sized just right –– able to combine the personal attention and intimate atmosphere of a small private college with the activities, opportunities for involvement and affordability of a large public university. And freshman students may enjoy the brand-new $13 million, four-story residence hall dedicated just for them. Students who prefer to live at home and commute may find the programs and opportunities they need at TTU's satellite site in Scott County, Tenn.

"Tennessee Tech is an excellent school with an excellent reputation," said Admissions Counselor Jim Gray. "We're excited about this opportunity to hopefully introduce more Kentucky students to our outstanding programs."

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