Out-of-state graduate tuition was lowered $165 at the JSU Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 10.
According to Christie Shelton, Provost of Academic Affairs, the current tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students is $820 per credit hour; the new approved rate is $655 per hour.
The Alabama Code sets boundaries for colleges concerning what they can charge non-resident students.
The new rate is the same as out-of-state undergraduate tuition but still abides by the boundaries set in place by the Alabama Code, Shelton said.
A major reason tuition was lowered is because a majority of the graduate classes are online; very few are in person, according to Shelton. The Masters in Athletic Training is one of the few examples with in-person classes, she said.
“Now, [out-of-state graduate students] will pay $655 per hour which allows us to be more competitive,” Shelton said.