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Reciprocity offers gains for IPFW

In the past few weeks Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents endorsed a reciprocity agreement for county residents and campuses on both sides of the Indiana/Ohio border.

As of July 1, our campus has been able to recruit and offer Indiana in-state, resident tuition rates to students in the following six counties in Ohio: Butler, Darke, Preble, Shelby, Mercer and Van Wert.

Why does this matter?

Conversations about establishing a reciprocity agreement began years ago to give students in Ohio border counties an opportunity to choose IPFW as their college of choice, without having to pay out-of-state tuition rates, because of proximity of location.

This reciprocity agreement expands higher education opportunities by increasing the availability of programs available to residents of Ohio and Indiana border counties, while creating increased access to affordable programs.

As a state, Indiana’s experience with reciprocity agreements – all connected with Kentucky and the Ohio River border – has been positive.

Enrollments have grown. Moreover, reciprocity students are counted as resident students for purposes of state funding.

This is a win-win situation for students looking for a college near home with affordable tuition, and we are very pleased to be included as a part of the new reciprocity agreement.

This opportunity allows us to better serve a population of students, and in turn, serve our entire student population in new ways.

Vicky L. Carwein is chancellor of IPFW. She wrote this for The Journal Gazette.