In-State Tuition Now Available in Chambers County, Ala.

March 10, 2009

COLUMBUS, GA – Residents of Chambers County, Ala. who attend Columbus State University will pay in-state tuition rates under a policy just approved for fall semester.

The new waiver means a savings of more than $9,000 per year for full-time students.

Columbus State President Tim Mescon sought the waiver because Chambers County is a border county with the university’s service area, and because it will help with planning efforts underway to offer classes in the West Point area.

“We expect the Kia plant and related growth in the area will bring a real need for quality educational offerings to west Georgia and east Alabama,” Mescon said. “Offering a border waiver to Chambers County residents shows our commitment to the area.”

The university already offers in-state tuition rates to resident of Lee and Russell counties, so adding Chamber is not unprecedented.

Kathy Carlisle, the university’s dean of enrollment outreach, has been working for months to broaden the university’s reach into the West Point area. She hopes things will fall into place so Columbus State can have a site in the area in August so residents can live and study in their own community.

“The reception we have received has been overwhelming and wonderful,” Carlisle said. “Our goal is to become a major partner in the region and a significant economic driver in the greater valley area. We are committed to supplying the professional workforce for Kia and the future enterprises expected to develop in the near future. This is an exciting time for CSU and our future students from Chambers County.”

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For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Carlisle, CSU dean of enrollment outreach at 706-507-8803 or by e-mail at carlisle_kathy@ColumbusState.edu.