Some west Alabama residents should soon be able to attend MSU Meridian for the same price as Mississippi students.
The board of regents for Mississippi's Institutes of Higher Learning finalized a new policy Thursday that allows the school to offer in-state tuition rates for residents in Choctaw, Sumter, Marengo, Hale, Clarke and Greene counties.
MSU Meridian officials say students from those counties are already attending the school, but this change should make it attractive to even more of them. It takes effect in the fall of 2013.
"We're looking forward to being able to expand into the west Alabama communities," said dean, Dr. Steven Brown. "We're trying to establish several meetings in the communities around there where we can get to know some of the folks, find out what their areas of interest are, try to determine how we can best serve them, and provide for the needs of people in that region."
Brown says it is possible that the tuition break could be extended to other west Alabama counties in the future.