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Southern drops out-of-state tuition

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BATON ROUGE- Southern University announced they are slashing the cost of out-of-state tuition in a push to raise enrollment after years of declines.

The university is offering a waiver that would drop the out-of-state fee which tacks on an additional $3,000 to the tuition.

The offer is available to students who meet certain requirements. Incoming freshmen from Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas have to score at least a 20 on their ACT test, and then maintain a 2.75 grade point average once they've received the waiver. Students from the other 50 states must have a 3.0 GPA, and a 22 on the ACT.

Those students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their tenure at Southern.

University officials believe this is the first step in keeping the campus growing.

"It's a matter of staying competitive. Matter of making sure you're doing everything you can to attract students both in state and around the country," said Chancellor James Llorens.

Southern has already seen an increase in out-of-state students applying for admission.

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