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LOWELL - Southern New Hampshire residents who want the opportunity to attend a top state university at a discounted tuition now won’t need to travel more than 20 miles to do so. The University of Massachusetts Lowell announced this week that residents of a dozen communities in Southern New Hampshire are eligible for a new tuition plan that will save them thousands of dollars a year.
Under the new Proximity Regional Rate, Southern New Hampshire undergraduate students can attend UMass Lowell for $14,173 a year in tuition and fees, compared to the regular out-of-state cost of $20,559 (based on 2007-2008 rates). The $6,386 savings goes into effect for the Fall 2008 semester. The Proximity Regional Rate also applies to graduate students. At 2007-2008 rates, a New Hampshire graduate student taking nine credits (considered full-time) would have paid $8,231 per semester. Those eligible for the new discount would pay $6,246 per semester.
The discount is available to residents of the following New Hampshire communities: Nashua, Salem, Derry, Londonderry, Hudson, Merrimack, Pelham, Atkinson, Windham, Hollis, Brookline and Litchfield.
“The benefit of the Proximity Regional Rate is being able to offer an excellent education at a reduced price to more students,” said Michael Belcher, UMass Lowell’s director of undergraduate recruitment and outreach. “We want to offer great opportunities to as many people within our area as possible.”
Students who participate in the new Proximity Regional Rate must be commuters for their first semester, but then are eligible to apply for on-campus housing. More than two-thirds of UMass Lowell students commute to campus for classes, and amenities available for commuters include parking lots across all four campuses, full use of the school’s 65,000-square-foot Campus Recreation Center, conveniently located dining facilities and activities including a choice of more than 120 student organizations.
All New Hampshire residents may be eligible for discounted tuition at UMass Lowell through the existing New England Regional Student Program. Offered through the New England Board of Higher Education, that program is open to students in qualified majors including community health education, meteorology, music business, education, nuclear engineering, plastics engineering, radiological health physics and sound recording technology.
Students and parents interested in more information on how the discount applies to them should check out www.uml.edu/admissions/proximity.
UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.