There are great HBCUs across the country. Many of those that are recognized for doing an outstanding job are state schools. How can a student from a different state attend one of those great colleges with the cost of attendance consistently rising? One way is by having the out-of-state fees waived. Many state HBCUs already have a process in place for doing so, but there are usually specific requirements that must be met, as well as an application that must be completed, by a certain date. But, for those who qualify, its a way to make that degree more affordable. Interested students should visit the college's website or call for more information.
Additionally, many HBCUs participate in the Academic Common Market, a program that allows students from certain states attend a public school in another state as long as they are enrolled in a particular program. For a list of HBCUs and eligible programs, click here. Visit the Academic Common Market, Southern Regional Education Board's website for details.
Please note that since this feature was originally published, some changes have been made to the Jackson State University out-of-state waiver options. More information is available here.
Students who have received a competitive scholarship of at least $1000 from the university are eligible to pay in state tuition rates. Research and Teaching assistants (and their spouse and children) are able to pay the resident tuition rate. Additionally students who are residents of Mexico and other nations in the Western hemisphere (other than Cuba) may be considered for an out of state tuition waiver.
As of Fall 2015 Alcorn State charges all incoming students the same rate. "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."
Jackson State offers several different ways for students to receive in-state tution or reductions in tuition. Higher achieving students who are their class valedictorian or salutatorian as well as those who have scored a minimum of 25 on the ACT or 1120 on the SAT may pay in state rates. First-time grad students with a minimum 3.5 GPA can apply for an out of state tuition waiver. The Urban Scholars program offers students who are from a city with at population of 50,000 or more a 50% tuition reduction. Additionally, first-time freshmen and first-time graduate students who have declared a STEM major can receive a discount of 50% of the tuition rate.
Mississippi Valley State proudly proclaims there is "One Fee at the V." All students, whether Mississippi residents or residents of other states, pay the same tuition and fees.
FAMU offers out of state tuition waivers to students in one of five categories: students who are recipients of a University academic scholarship; students in specified academic disciplines or who are members of specific populations of students the University believes will support the goals of its strategic plan; students who can document urgent situations that have created a financial hardship and students involved in extracurricular, athletics or arts programs that support the student-life functions of the University. Students should contact FAMU’s Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs (Enrollment Services) to determine if they fall into one of these groups.
Tennessee State offers two programs- one based on academic performance and the other based on residency. The Academic Out of State Tuition Waiver Scholarship is for first-time freshman and covers the difference between out of state and in state tuition for high school graduates with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT (Verbal and Math). The 250-Mile Radius Program is for students who graduated from a high school in a county within a 250-mile radius of Nashville and can be for undergraduate and graduate students. This area includes most of Kentucky, southern Indiana, areas around metro Cincinnati and St. Louis as well as Birmingham and Atlanta.
Public HBCUs in Georgia will waive out of state tuition for international students and those from other states who do not currently hold a bachelor's degree and have earned at least a 3.0 GPA. There is a limit to the number of students who are allowed to receive this waiver- so apply early. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA while enrolled. Additionally, students who are residents of neighboring states of Alabama, Florida and South Carolina are also eligible to attend Savannah State for the same rate as Georgia residents. Students who reside in a different state but whose parent or spouse has maintained Georgia residency for at least a year are also eligible to receive in-state tuition.
Central State offers out of state tuition waivers to students who reside in certain counties in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. This includes first-time students and transfer students.
Students whose parents graduated from the same Southern University System campus as they are enrolled are eligible for a 50% out-of-state tuition discount. The Jaguar Out-of-State Fee Scholarship is available for any incoming freshmans who has a cumulative gpa of at least 2.75 and an ACT score of at least 20 or an SAT score of at least 1020. Additionally, athletes on scholarship and exchange students participating in the National Student Exchange will not be charged out of state fees. Graduate students are eligible for fee waivers if they are selected to be a graduate assistant.
Grambling offers in state tuition rates to students who have a parent who graduated from the college. Full out of state fee waivers are available to all incoming students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum 22 on the ACT. Students with a financial need who've demonstrated high achievement in dance performance, debate, visual arts, music performance, or theater performance may receive a fee waiver. Additionally, cheerleaders, ROTC participants, member of Orchesis, marching band, choir or other university-recognized or sponsored spirit groups that perform at athletic game activities, and SGA members, may receive a waiver.
Elizabeth City State is a participant in North Carolina’s new NC Promise Plan. The plan reduces tuition for in-state students to $500 per semester and reduces tuition for out of state students to $2,500 per semester beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Currently out of state students pay approximately $7500 per semester for tuition.
The University of the District of Columbia is the only public college in Washington, DC. It offers undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of the DC metro area, but not residents of the District of Columbia, a discounted tuition rate. Metro area students are only charged about $500 more per semester than DC residents. Community college students who reside in the metro area, but not the city, are offered a discounted rate of about 35%.