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Enrollment fees
In-state fees
•Undergraduate students pay $259.75 per credit hour and $3,117 per semester as a full-time student.
•Graduate students pay $320.25 per credit hour and $3,843 per semester as a full-time student. Out-of-state fees
•Undergraduate students pay $623.90 per credit hour and $7,486.80 per semester as a full-time student.
•Graduate students pay $725.15 per credit hour and $8,701.80 per semester as a full-time student.
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High school juniors in IPFW's Upward Bound program, from left, Lin Phyoe, Louie Sorn and Htin Lin review notes from biology class outside of Walb Union on Monday.
Buckeyes get tuition break

IPFW helps neighbors

Students from six counties in Ohio will pay in-state tuition

Source: Indiana Commission of Higher Education

Ohio students from six counties on or near the Indiana-Ohio border can now attend IPFW without paying out-of-state tuition, saving students more than $4,300 each semester, university officials announced Monday.

IPFW was recently selected to participate in a tuition reciprocity agreement, endorsed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents, IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said.

The agreement will save full-time undergraduate students from Van Wert, Mercer, Darke, Shelby, Preble and Butler counties $4,369.80 a semester and save graduate students $4,858.80.

Full-time undergraduate students at IPFW currently pay $3,117 per semester for in-state tuition, while students from out-of-state pay $7,486.80, according to the university's website. Full-time students include those with 12 or more credit hours per semester.

The new agreement will allow the approximately 30 current students and all future students to attend IPFW at the same price an Indiana student pays, said Frank Guzik, interim director of admissions.

"It's almost the first question out of the students' mouth if you're sitting in any of these counties … is 'do I get in-state tuition?' and when you say no, they won't let you get to the next statement about what (financial) aid they can get," he said.

Carwein said conversations about the reciprocity began several years ago. After coming to an agreement with the Indiana Commission and the Ohio Board, she said the university is thrilled to offer more students the opportunity to attend IPFW without out-of-state tuition rates.

"We've had a number of (Ohio) students and parents call through the years and say they don't understand why their kids can't come to school here, but can go to Ball State for in-state tuition," Carwein said.

Carwein said the university has begun recruiting students from the six counties.

"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 in the new reciprocity agreement," she said in a statement.

Other Indiana colleges, including Ball State University, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech community colleges in Anderson, Muncie and Richmond, already participate in the agreement.

Guzik said IPFW has been losing enrollment in recent years because other Indiana colleges were accepted into the agreement and could offer students in-state tuition.

"We're hoping we will be more competitive than we have in the past," he said.

Counties left out

The agreement does not include Williams, Defiance and Paulding counties – three of the state's counties that border Indiana.

"This process happened about three years ago and we thought we were going to have the agreement all the way up to the Michigan line and then it didn't happen," Guzik said. "The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Ohio Board took it off the table and didn't discuss it with those three counties in place."

But IPFW does intend to lobby to include the three counties as part of the agreement, Guzik said.

"We're happy to have our foot in the door," he said.

George McClellan, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said part of the issue was both states wanted a balanced trade of enrollment.

"It's my understanding that there was some concern that including those three counties would upset the balance," McClellan said. "Over time, when we are allowed to demonstrate the value that this represents for Ohio residents, we're hoping that it takes on greater weight in the consideration of the balancing."

Indiana colleges and universities

Ball State University

Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie

Purdue University College of Tech - Muncie

Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson

Indiana Unversity - East

Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond

Purdue University College of Tech - Richmond

Ohio colleges and universities

Owens State Community College

Rhodes State Technical College

Wright State - Celine

Edison State Community College

Clark State Community College

Wright State University

Sinclair Community College

Miami University - Middletown

Sinclair Community College - Warren County

Miami University - Hamilton

University of Cincinnati - Clemont

Cincinnati State Community College and Technical College

University of Cincinnati - Raymond Waters Community College

University of Cincinnati