MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The West Virginia University College of Law is going to give a tuition break to residents of other states who graduate from any college or university in West Virginia.
Beginning fall 2017, non-residents who graduate from a public or private higher education institution in West Virginia will be eligible for in-state tuition at the WVU College of Law.
To qualify for the new Loyalty Tuition Program, students must earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the state.
The program is about creating opportunities for law students who already have strong ties to West Virginia, according to Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.
“We are offering non-resident students a more affordable way to earn a J.D. from a top-rated, best-value law school without leaving West Virginia,” he said. “They already know and appreciate our state, and we think this program is a great way to encourage them to stay in West Virginia while also saving money on law school tuition.”
Based on current out-of-state tuition at the College of Law, each student who qualifies for the Loyalty Tuition Program could save more than $16,000 a year. About 23 percent of this fall’s entering class are from out of state.
The College of Law offers a wide range of financial support, and more than 70 percent of its students receive scholarships. Tuition for 2017-18 will be set by the WVU Board of Governors.