Grand Island Students Will Soon Pay In-State Tuition to Attend Wichita State

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) — Wichita State University has added 11 cities, including Grand Island, to its Shocker City partnership, which means eligible students from those cities are offered in-state tuition to attend WSU.

These new cities include:

  • Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska
  • Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado
  • Des Moines and Ames, Iowa
  • Chicago
  • Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas

The Shocker City Partnership saves students an average of $9,300 per year — or more than $37,200 over four years of college attendance — on out-of-state tuition. The rates will apply to all new students and eligible students from these regions beginning in Fall 2022. Students already enrolled at WSU from these cities will automatically receive the same discount.

Additionally, students living outside the designated cities but elsewhere in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas will be eligible for the Shocker Select program, offering families a 33% discount on out-of-state tuition. ‘state, saving them more than $5,900 a year.

Dr. Carolyn Shaw, associate vice president of strategic enrollment management, said the new locations were strategically selected.

“The areas weren’t just close to Kansas — they were also areas where we’ve seen more apps recently,” Shaw said. “Our tuition is quite competitive in those states.”

Shaw also said the request to include these new regions was based on the past successes of the Shocker City and Shocker Select initiatives. The programs began in 2015 and benefited students from Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. Since then, WSU has seen more than 260% growth in enrolled students from these states. Additional discounts for Colorado and Illinois students have been added more recently, which has also resulted in increased enrollment in those states.

  • See the full list of qualified cities for Shocker City
  • See a full list of Shocker Select states

With continued growth in enrollment, Wichita State’s student support staff has continued to grow to meet student needs. This includes the recent expansion of the Counseling and Prevention Services staff and the CARE team.

“Wichita State has demonstrated, through increased enrollment from these locations, that this strategy works and helps provide talent to serve local industry and, in turn, economic growth. Kansas,” Shaw said. “As many as one-third or more of recent out-of-state graduates stay in-state for job opportunities after graduation.”

Bobby Gandu, assistant vice president of strategic enrollment management and director of admissions, said increasing the number of students from other parts of the country not only benefits Wichita State, but also the community. of Wichita.

“We are excited to expand the successes of the Shocker City and Shocker Select programs to new states and communities, providing low-cost tuition and high-value educational and career outcomes to families in our neighboring states,” says Gandu. . “The City of Wichita is growing and we have long-term labor demands from businesses and organizations practically in our backyard.”

Gandu added that WSU’s proximity to a variety of innovative, research-based local businesses is another reason why there is so much interest in WSU in these newly added cities.

“Combining the power of Wichita State’s academic and student experiences with real-world work and internship experience from local industry provides a new option for these students to consider as part of their college search. “, said Gandu. “Shockers who stay in Kansas after graduating from college have the propensity to join the workforce and raise families in Kansas, contributing to the long-term vitality and vibrancy of our state.

To be eligible for the Shocker Select program, students must complete and submit the WSU Admissions Application. After reviewing the student’s residency status and application, the discount is applied after the student is admitted. Shocker Select is available for undergraduate and graduate students.

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