Tennessee universities could soon be seeing more out-of-state students.
As it is drafted right now, a bill sponsored by State Senator Todd Gardenhire would allow students from any state bordering Tennessee to receive in-state tuition.
Eight states border Tennessee, including Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri.
But Louis Hanemann, the Director of Policy Analysis with the University of Tennessee System, says the current language of the bill is problematic.
“That would basically guarantee in-state tuition to about 70% of our out-of-state tuition paying students,” said Hanemann. “That would be a significant loss of revenue to all of the campuses in higher education in Tennessee.”
But Gardenhire says the intention of the legislation would not be to give in-state tuition to border states, but to let students who are set to receive financial aid in their states use it in Tennessee. (continue reading)