Students from Kentucky and Tennessee may attend The University of Virginia’s College at Wise under in state tuition rates if they live within 50 air miles from the Wise campus.
UVa-Wise officials said the move makes geographical sense because more than just state borders connect the region. The counties in Kentucky that are included in the in state tuition area are Bell, Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Perry and Pike. The Tennessee counties include Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan and Washington. The cities of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City are also in the geographical region.
“Our campus is strategically located between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “It makes sense to treat our region as one area. Offering in state tuition will provide more educational choices for students and their families throughout the region.”
Students from various areas of Kentucky and Tennessee were previously given a tuition discount, but Henry asked the University of Virginia to allow those students to pay in state tuition rates beginning this fall. UVA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Hogan approved the request last week. UVa-Wise is a division of the University of Virginia.
“We see this as a way to serve the students of our region,” said Sim Ewing, UVa-Wise vice chancellor and chief operations officer said. “We are all situated together and are connected as a region. It is best to blur the state lines.”
Rusty Necessary, vice chancellor for enrollment management, said many students and their families, especially those who live in nearby Kentucky, travel to Wise and Wise County often for shopping or on their way to sporting events.
“It makes sense that we provide these opportunities,” Necessary said. “We are geographically close to one another.”