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Free tuition revs high school enrollment at Murray State

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The Murray State College campus in Tishomingo. (KTEN) The Murray State College campus in Tishomingo. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Murray State College saw an enrollment increase in one area when classes began last Monday.

Students in the school's program for high school juniors nearly doubled this year, from 66 last year to 126 today.

The bump is attributed to a tuition waiver which means the high schoolers only have to worry about paying for books.

"Normally that tuition waiver is just for high school seniors," said Murray State academic affairs vice president Becky Henthorn. "Since we added the tuition waiver for juniors, we did have a substantial increase in the number of juniors who enrolled."

Adding high school juniors to this waiver was made possible with the help of tax revenue and the Board of Regents. The board saw the funding for this was there, and now high schoolers are reaping the benefits.

"If they take a lot of classes concurrently while they're still in high school, it's a big savings for parents when they go off to college," Henthorn said.

Right now, this program is only offered in the fall semester, but the school is working to get the program in place for spring.

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