More Missourians Eligible for Metro KC Tuition Rate
Border War? What Border War? For years, the KU Edwards Campus has opened its arms to students from across the state line, offering tuition discounts to Kansas City-area residents in Missouri. The “Metro KC” tuition rate was expanded and extended to more of Greater Kansas City.
In February the Board of Regents passed a university proposal to increase the number of Kansas City-area counties in the program, as well as the amount of the discount.
How it Works
Currently, students from Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties are eligible for the Metro KC tuition waiver. Beginning in fall 2012, Bates, Buchanan, Clinton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette and Ray counties will be on the list.
Before the expansion passed, the Metro KC discount for undergraduates was one-half the difference of resident and nonresident tuition. Graduate students from the four eligible Missouri counties paid resident rates. Now all students from all 11 counties will pay resident rates.
Additionally, the six-credit-hour cap on the discount was lifted. Non-degree-seeking students – such as professionals needing continuing education – are now Metro KCeligible, too.
Access and Impact
The expanded Metro KC program stands to especially benefit area working professionals looking to complete a bachelor’s degree. Outreach efforts are increasing at the community college level.
“If you look at Metropolitan Community College and all the campuses, even a small number of transfers could mean a healthy influx of qualified students to the Edwards Campus,” says Ed Foley, director of recruitment for the Edwards Campus. “This increases access to a world-class education for many more Kansas Citians.”
MCC’s Business and Technology campus, for example, is a natural starting point for two new KU degree programs at the Edwards Campus – the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT).
“We are grateful to the Board of Regents for the decision to expand the Metro KC rate,” said KU Edwards Campus Vice Chancellor Bob Clark. “Students from these 11 counties now have an expanded choice of high-quality academic programs that ultimately lead to a stronger economy and a higher quality of life for students and their families.”