Section 16-64-4

Tuition rates for nonresident; resident tuition rates for students residing in counties within 50 miles of campus; tuition rates for distance programs.

(a) Each Alabama public institution of higher education shall charge each undergraduate student who is registered as a nonresident a minimum tuition of two times the resident tuition rate charged by that institution. This rate shall be effective for students who register at an institution beginning August 1, 1997. A nonresident graduate student at an institution shall be charged a rate of tuition that is at least at the level of tuition charged to a nonresident undergraduate.

(b) The governing boards of each four-year public institution of higher education and Athens State University shall retain the power to extend resident tuition rates to students who reside in any county within 50 miles of a campus of the institution; provided, however, that campus must be in existence and operating as of January 1, 1996. For public two-year institutions, not including Athens State University, the State Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Chancellor of the Department of Postsecondary Education, shall retain the power to extend resident tuition rates to students who reside in any county within 50 miles of a campus of the institution; provided, however, that campus must be in existence and operating as of January 1, 1996.

(c) Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, the governing boards of each four-year public institution of higher education and Athens State University shall retain the power to set tuition rates for programs that are delivered in a distance format to students who are not present within the boundaries of the state at the time the distance program is delivered. For public two-year institutions of higher education, except Athens State University, the State Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Chancellor of the Department of Postsecondary Education, shall retain the power to set tuition rates for programs that are delivered in a distance format for students who are not present within the boundaries of the state at the time the distance program is delivered.

(Acts 1996, No. 96-663, p. 1088, §4; Act 2013-331, §1; Act 2014-326, p. 1212, §1.)