Out-of-State-Tuition Waiver

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver (For Internal Use Only)

IHL 2013 January Board Book




To:                   Academic Deans

From:               Denis A. Wiesenburg



Date:               October 24, 2013


Subject:           Procedure for Requesting Out-of-state Tuition Waivers


At its January 17, 2013 meeting, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) approved a request by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to waive out-of-state tuition for USM students who meet certain criteria.  Those criteria include A) Military, B) Academic Achievement in Strategic Markets, C) Special Talent in Fine and Performing Arts, D) Legacies, and E) Graduate Assistants. The IHL approval of the USM waiver program is enclosed and should be reviewed before submitting a proposal for a waiver.


Any program that determines that waiving out-of-state tuition under the criteria approved by the IHL will increase the revenue generated by the program is eligible to request an out-of-state waiver.  In making the request, the program chair or director should submit a request via their academic dean to the Office of the Provost.  The Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Administration review requests and make the determination whether the waiver is in the best interest of the University.


In submitting an out-of-state waiver request, the program chair or director should provide:


  • Official program name
  • Approved criterion that applies
  • Start date of waiver
  • Region (state or city area) covered by the waiver
  • Rationale for the waiver and projected increase in enrollment
  • Any other requirements
  • Other information to assist the review process


Out-of-state waivers will be reviewed after three years to determine whether the waiver is meeting its intended goals.  Please contact the Office of the Provost if you have any questions about the process.


Enclosure – IHL minutes from January 17, 2013





January 17, 2013



3. USM - Approved the request to authorize and define the criteria for granting waivers of out-of-state tuition to USM students. More specifically, this policy is implemented to include out-of-state tuition waivers as recently authorized, effective July 1, 2012, through the amendment to Miss. Code Ann. §37-103-25 (3). The following out-of-state waiver categories are authorized in addition to those in existence by virtue of prior statutory law and IHL Board Policy. All waivers are contingent upon the student’s submission to USM of timely and adequate proof of having met the applicable criteria. A) Military – Eligible applicants who are engaged in or honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Armed Services would receive a waiver of the non-resident surcharge. B) Academic Achievement in Strategic Markets – Students who meet strategic enrollment criteria in targeted markets would have non-resident surcharges waived. Students must have earned a minimum high school grade point average and a minimum ACT/SAT score and reside in strategic geographic markets such as west Florida, Birmingham and south Alabama, Baton Rouge and south Louisiana, and Houston, Texas suburbs. C) Special Talent in the Fine and Performing Arts – Students, who by their auditions or body of work show special talent, may be granted a waiver of non-resident charges. D) Legacies – Children and grandchildren of USM graduates, who meet admissions requirements and parent(s) (or grandparents) have been paid members of the Alumni Association for ten or more years or are Lifetime Members, will be granted a waiver of non-resident charges. E) Graduate Assistants – Graduate students who are employed by USM as graduate assistants will be granted a waiver of non-resident charges. These newly created waivers will become effective for the 2013-14 academic year and will only be available to new students. Existing students will not be eligible for these new waivers. Students receiving a waiver during their first year must remain enrolled full-time, must maintain a specified GPA, and must continue to meet the additional criteria making them eligible to automatically renew the waiver. USM estimates that they will collect between an additional $8 and $10 million over current collections of tuition revenue over a five year period under these new categories. The waiver will be applicable only to new nonresident students. Current non-resident students will not qualify for the non-resident tuition waiver. The Attorney General’s Office has reviewed this item.