Students in the seven states that border Kentucky will soon be able to attend Western Kentucky University at in-state tuition rates.
The school announced Thursday that starting next fall, in-state tuition rates will be offered to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
WKU currently offers in-state tuition rates to residents of a few counties in neighboring states, mostly in northern Tennessee and southern Indiana.
WKU also announced Thursday it will offer in-state tuition rates to the children and grandchildren of school alumni, regardless of what state they live in.
WKU has been aggressive recently in announcing new efforts to make the school more affordable and attractive to prospective students. The Hilltopper Guarantee Scholarship announced last week will allow students who qualify for a Pell Grant, and who have an unweightened high school GPA of at least 3.0, to attend WKU tuition-free.
Also, most applicants seeking admission to WKU won't need to submit ACT or SAT scores, starting in 2021.