Which schools could MTSU’s “Regional Scholars” tuition discount lure students away from?

Can Middle Tennessee State University steal students from places like the University of Louisville, UNC-Asheville, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Alabama State?

MTSU seems interested in finding out, given its request this week for Tennessee Board of Regents permission to offer discounted tuition to out-of-state students living within 250 miles of campus.

All four institutions are among more than three dozen four-year public colleges and universities that fall within the proposal’s boundaries, which include parts of 12 states.


Middle Tennessee State’s proposed “Regional Scholars” zone
Click on, or search, the map’s markers to learn which four-year public universities and colleges fall within, and beyond, the 250-mile radius of MTSU’s proposed “Regional Scholars” tuition discount.

The Regional Scholars Program proposal, which MTSU announced Wednesday, would offer a 48 percent discount on standard out-of-state tuition to full-time students who live in counties within 250 miles of campus and who meet other requirements, including having an ACT composite score of at least 25.

The program’s zone includes parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia. If approved, the program will begin in the fall of 2016.