by Geoff Larcom, Published December 10, 2013
YPSILANTI – Students who have attended a Michigan high school for at least three years and have graduated will now qualify for in-state tuition at Eastern Michigan University under new guidelines approved by the University’s Board of Regents Tuesday.
With the new guidelines, EMU now offers four avenues for attaining in-state tuition: through residence in the state of Michigan; through attendance in Michigan high schools; through service in the U.S. military; and, adopted in June 2012, through the Come Home to Eastern – Come Home to Michigan tuition differential award, in which children of out-of-state alumni pay in-state rates.
The revisions approved today also apply to students who have attended a Michigan school for three years and thereafter receive a GED.
Students establishing eligibility through attendance at Michigan high schools must begin their education at Eastern within 28 months of graduation or receiving their GED.
The new guidelines offer a clear path to paying in-state tuition for undocumented students, an issue of concern that has been expressed by a wide variety of Eastern Michigan students. The revisions will become effective in the fall semester of 2014.
“These are students who have deep connections to the state of Michigan, and who have made contributions to the state by virtue of the time they and their families have spent in Michigan,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. “We are a University of opportunity and diversity, and these changes reflect that emphasis.”
The revised guidelines also provide for in-state tuition for those who have served in the active military, provided they have been medically separated or honorably discharged.
The EMU Board of Regents had approved the EMU Vet Connect Award and the University began applying it in October 2009. That program, which established a differential in-state tuition grant for American veterans wherever they reside, is now incorporated into Eastern’s in-state tuition policy.
The annual in-state cost for an undergraduate resident student taking a standard full load of 30 credits at Eastern this academic year is $9,364.
Eastern has had the lowest dollar increase in tuition over the last five years of any of the 15 public universities in the state of Michigan. Eastern's tuition increases have averaged 3 percent over that time frame.