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Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee cuts out-of-state tuition by nearly half


Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU), Tennessee’s fastest-growing public university, is looking to attract more students from other states by cutting its out-of-state tuition.

For years, students living outside of Tennessee paid about $11,000 per semester, but a new rate approved by Austin Peay’s Board of Trustees nearly cuts that amount in half to just under $6,200 for 12 credit hours.

Out-of-state tuition at Austin Peay State University reduced by nearly half. (APSU)

Out-of-state tuition at Austin Peay State University reduced by nearly half. (APSU)

Dr. Rex Gandy, APSU provost, recommended the 43.5 percent out-of-state tuition reduction as a way of improving diversity at the regional university.

“The majority of our students are from the Clarksville-Montgomery County area,” he said. “It’s important for us to attract students from other states who bring different perspectives, culture and knowledge to our campus.”

The new rate comes at a time when more people are finding their way to Austin Peay. In the fall of 2018, the University far outpaced other Tennessee schools with a 4.7 percent enrollment increase, making it the fastest-growing public university in the state. That fall, the University experienced a record enrollment with 10,954 students, and part of that growth came from a 23 percent increase in out-of-state students.

Gandy, seeing the value these out-of-state students bring, wants to attract more with Austin Peay’s new low rates.

“In many cases, our tuition rates are now below what universities in other states offer their own residents,” he said. “And students who choose to come here will find a thriving campus with a more than 200-year history.”

To find out more about the University and its out-of-state offerings, visit

Note: Listed tuition rates are estimates until budgets are finalized this summer for the 2019-20 school year.

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