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Regional tuition credit now available

Students from selected counties in north Georgia and Alabama may now be eligible for a regional tuition credit at UTC.

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved the plan to allow eligible students from Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia and Jackson county in Alabama to pay a reduced tuition amount beginning in fall 2007. To receive the regional tuition credit, students must have completed 60 credit hours (either at UTC or another accredited college or university) and be admitted to UTC as an undergraduate student in good academic standing.

“This is a significant step for our campus as we try to fulfill our mission as a metropolitan university,” said UTC Chancellor Roger Brown. “The citizens in these areas contribute to our economy and are vital to the future economic growth of this region. It is crucial that UTC meet their educational needs.”

Eligible students pay the full amount of in-state fees plus 25 percent of out-of-state tuition. Students can continue to receive the tuition credit as long as they maintain good academic standing. Students who are placed on academic probation may regain their eligibility for the tuition credit if they return to good academic standing.

At this time, the regional tuition credit is only available to undergraduate students with at least 60 hours of college credit; it is not available to graduate students. If the pilot program is successful, UTC officials hope to expand the program to include other students.

“Chattanooga’s economic vitality is dependent upon developing an educated workforce in this region,” said Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “Through this opportunity, UTC will be able to provide access to top quality higher education to more of the citizens of this region. Greater access to higher education will create a stronger labor pool to help sustain existing business and attract new industry to our community.”

For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (423) 425-4662.

June 21, 2007