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Alcorn State University to eliminate out-of-state tuition

Alcorn Waives Out-of-state Tuition Fees

Dr. Alfred Rankins, President of Alcorn State UniversityAlcorn State University’s new tuition plan is geared toward attracting more out-of-state students to its campus in Lorman, Mississippi.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher learning approved Alcorn’s proposal to eliminate out-of-state tuition for its non-resident students. Alcorn will offer a single flat tuition rate for all resident and non-resident students. The University will charge single flat rate tuition for all students regardless of residency.

“This is one key component of Alcorn’s comprehensive enrollment management plan, which is centered around affordability and retention,” said President Alfred Rankins Jr.

Non-resident students have historically represented less than 15 percent of the student population and Alcorn has the capacity to accommodate more out-of-state students. The flat tuition rate will become effective during the Fall 2015 semester. Currently enrolled out-of-state students will qualify for the reduced tuition rate starting in the Fall 2015.

Vice President for Student Affairs Emanuel Barnes says the flat rate tuition will assist the University’s recruiting strategies.

“Our recruiters are eagerly working with alumni chapters across the nation to attract area students who could not afford the out-of-state tuition rate,” said Barnes. “With this new tuition rate for non-resident students, Alcorn is now a more competitive option.”

Alcorn’s current full-time in state tuition ranges from $6,656 to $7,421, which is a bargain compared to tuition at many institutions across the South.

The new rate will put parents and students who are seeking quality higher education experiences at affordable prices more at ease.

“For those students looking for a rigorous, affordable post secondary education away from home while feeling at home then Alcorn is a great choice,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Carolyn Dupre said.

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2-yr colleges open new door

2 Year Colleges Open New Door | 9 Historically Black Colleges Take Transfers

2-yr colleges open new doorCalifornia’s community colleges reached agreements Tuesday that pave the way for students to transfer to nine historically black colleges, the first such arrangements with schools outside the state.

The agreements give California community college students who complete a transfer-focused associate’s degree guaranteed admission to schools that include Bennett College in North Carolina, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Wiley College in Texas. While California Community Colleges has long maintained transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, the partnership with out-of-state private colleges is unprecedented.

“It provides a special opportunity especially for African Americans or other students of color,” said Brice Harris, California Community Colleges chancellor. “There are more people that want to complete that bachelor’s degree because increasingly, that’s what the market is demanding.”

Representatives from the nine historically black institutions praised the initiative as “truly a dream come true” during a signing event in Sacramento on Tuesday. It is the first time the black colleges and universities have reached a transfer agreement with an entire community college system.

Besides giving California community college students another path to four-year schools, the agreements can help historically black schools that have struggled to maintain enrollment in recent years as other universities have worked to diversify and black students have more education options….

Wiley College President Haywood Strickland said his school was attracted by the high caliber of students available in California….

The new transfer program was welcomed by many in California, including Ahkilah Harper, a Solano Community College student. Harper, 27, of Oakland now hopes to transfer to Tuskegee University to study nursing after originally considering California State University, Sacramento. “But since this door has been opened, I definitely want to take advantage of this while I can,” she said.

Kristan Venegas, an associate professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California, said the new program is a welcome respite for California’s crowded campuses and gives African American students another option.

The new transfer program gives clarity and transparency to the admissions process. In addition to an associate’s degree for transfer or a minimum of 30 transferable units, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to qualify for guaranteed placement.

“With this being determined, this outlines specifically what they need to do,” said Tony Davis, a staff adviser for the Black Student Union at Sacramento City College. “If they’re determined to transfer, they’re going to meet that standard to achieve. There’s no gray area or misunderstanding.”

Davis described historically black schools as having a “more nurturing environment.”

“They’ll get a lot more one-on-one attention,” he said. “Where at those larger schools, they may not get that one-on-one attention to help them get where they want to go.”

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Students at UCAN HBCU College Fair

North area students meet with admissions officials of dozens of black universities…

A college recruitment fair turned into college admission day for more than 150 students at Grant Union High School on Thursday morning.

When the event ended at noon, admissions officers for more than 35 historically black colleges and universities, or HBCU, also handed out $1.5 million scholarships to the students they had accepted.

Lynnise Davis UCAN Alumni

Lynnise N. Davis | UCAN Alumni

Lynnise Davis UCAN Alumni

High school Attended: Rio Linda High Class of 2001

HBCU College Fair Year: Fall 2000

College Attended: Dillard University

Graduation Year: 2005

Major/Field of Study: Computer Science

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