Vincennes University has announced a scholarship program offering in-state tuition prices for several counties in Illinois. The discount will apply to students in Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, and Wabash counties. May 16, 2014

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University today announced a new scholarship for students residing in four Illinois counties near Vincennes. The scholarship, which will go into effect during the fall semester, 2014, will mean that those Illinois students will pay the same tuition rate as in-state students.

“Vincennes University takes great pride in being the most affordable residential college in Indiana. Now we extend this benefit to students in Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, and Wabash counties in Illinois,” said VU President Dick Helton.

VU has long offered a tuition discount to students from these four Illinois counties, however, the new scholarship program represents substantial additional savings for students. For example, under the previous tuition plan, students in these counties would have paid $257.62 per credit hour this fall. This will now be reduced to $164.74 per credit hour, representing a savings of $92.88 per credit hour. The average full-time student will save $1,393.20 per semester or $2,786.40 per year.

“We have welcomed a large number of students from southern Illinois for many years who have been attracted by the diversity and quality of our programs as well as our rich campus life. We look forward to welcoming many more students who will benefit from this new scholarship,” Helton said.

“All of these counties are important to the economic health of our region.

That is another reason we are delighted to initiate this scholarship. It will help students and boost the availability of a well-trained workforce for the region’s business and industry,” Helton said.

The scholarship applies to both part-time and full-time students from the four Illinois counties. Currently enrolled students from these counties will also see their tuition reduced beginning with the fall semester.

Students do not need to apply for the scholarship since it will automatically be granted based on residency.

Last year, 142 students from Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, and Wabash counties in Illinois attended VU's Vincennes Campus.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY – Indiana's First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics. VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.

In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor's degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 28 other states, and 30 countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana's first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at

Source: Vincennes University

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