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West Virginia residents now qualify for in-state tuition at Ohio University campuses

July 15, 2021

Starting fall 2021, most West Virginia residents will qualify for in-state tuition for courses taken on Ohio University campuses, including Ohio University Southern. 

“This state reciprocity agreement is wonderful news for Ohio University and prospective students in our region,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said. “While this partnership will certainly help expand enrollment at OHIO, more importantly it will help meet the region’s workforce needs and bring additional financial resources to the state of Ohio.”

Currently enrolled and new incoming students may apply to receive in-state tuition rates for any undergraduate major for courses through Ohio University Athens, Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern and Zanesville campuses. Courses completed on eCampus will be charged at the non-resident rate. 

“Ohio University’s Regional Campus system was built on the premise that college should be affordable and available to all residents of our region,” Dr. Nicole Pennington, executive dean of regional higher education and lifelong learning, said. “This new agreement opens the door for current and future OHIO students from West Virginia to access a world-class education delivered right in their community at a tremendous value.”

The expanded educational opportunities are especially important for Ohio University’s regional higher education campuses located in communities adjacent to West Virginia’s border: OHIO Southern in Ironton and OHIO Eastern in St. Clairsville.

“This agreement helps Ohio University expand our reach to more students looking for a high-quality college experience close to home,” Candace Boeninger, vice president for enrollment management, said. “More students in our region will have access to an excellent and affordable Ohio University education. We look forward to welcoming even more West Virginia Bobcats beginning this fall.” 

To qualify, a student must have been a legal resident of West Virginia for the previous 12 months and must complete and return the West Virginia Tuition Reciprocity Application. The residency application is due two weeks before the start of the term, and all required documentation must be submitted prior to the last day to register for the term for which in-state tuition is being sought. 

To complete the form, visit https://www.ohio.edu/admissions/tuition/ohio-residency and click on “West Virginia Tuition Reciprocity Application” under the Residency Forms header.

Ohio University Southern is still accepting applications for fall 2021 enrollment. Visit ohio.edu/southern to learn more.