APSU provides eligible undergraduate, transfer and graduate students within 250 miles of APSU a discounted tuition rate.

The program, referred to as 250-mile radius or 250R, was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, or TBR, in their December 2015 meeting.

APSU Provost and Vice President Rex Gandy expects this new program to be a means for APSU to expand.

“This new reduced rate tuition program will help us expand and diversify the university by allowing us to reach beyond our state borders, bringing students from different locations and cultures,” Gandy said.

According to Gandy, 250R will make APSU a better option for out-of-state students and enrich the academic experience for existing students.

“We already offer a variety of high quality academic programs, and when you combine this with our highly affordable in-state tuition rates, it not only opens the door for out-of-state students to an option they may not have otherwise considered, it will help us further diversify our student body, which is an important part of the academic experience for our students,” Gandy said.

For potential students to be eligible for the 250R program, they must have attended a high school within a 250-mile radius of APSU, have an ACT score of at least 22 (or SAT of 1020) and be either an undergraduate student, transfer student or graduate student.

Currently APSU’s undergraduate in-state tuition is $3,751 per semester and the out-of-state tuition is $11,167 per semester.

Undergraduate students from parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia who before 250R would have had to pay $11,167 to attend APSU will now only have to pay $6,091.

There is also a difference in graduate tuition. The graduate in-state tuition is $476.70 per hour and the out-of-state tuition is $1,156.70 per hour.

Graduate students from areas of the same 11 states will only have to pay $476.70 per hour.

Gandy said the university is hopeful for this new program’s potential.

“We are excited about the potential growth associated with the expansion of our recruiting base,” Gandy said. “This initiative should allow APSU to grow and impact students from a larger geographic area.”

For more information about the 250R program or which specific high schools apply, visit apsu.edu/admissions/250R.