MTSU launches website to help students reduce/eliminate tuition

MTSU has launched a new MTFree website where students can virtually meet with an enrollment coordinator and review options such as scholarships and grants.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee State University is working with students to reduce or even eliminate college tuition.

On Friday, MTSU launched a new MTFree website,, where students can connect and virtually meet with an enrollment coordinator. This person can help the student go through scenarios, such as scholarships, grants, tuition discounts, etc., to determine if a student qualifies and wants to apply.

“MTSU’s tuition was already the lowest of the three major universities in the state,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said in a press release. “So our decision to keep it flat for the upcoming academic year, along with the state’s recent increases to the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, means many can attend our university tuition-free.”

MTSU leaders said that for students eligible for HOPE, the difference between the scholarship and just over $5,000 for MTSU tuition could be covered in a number of ways, including federal Pell grants, scholarships last-chance universities and tuition discounts for some.

“Even students who receive a partial Pell grant can still attend at very little cost,” said Debra Sells, vice president of student affairs and vice provost for enrollment services. “We want to make sure students and families who might be sitting on the fence to attend in the fall, and those who have already committed, know if they qualify for a combination of these programs.”

From MTSU: “The scenarios presented on the MTFree The website only applies to freshmen who are residents of Tennessee and would attend as full-time students.

Although MTSU’s highest guaranteed scholarship has a December 1 deadline, the MTFree website outlines a range of scenarios that include last-chance college scholarships that are still available to freshmen. These scholarships are still available to late applicants and require a minimum of 23 on the ACT and a 3.5 high school GPA.

The MTSU Board of Trustees voted last month to keep tuition and fees where they are for the upcoming academic year. This means that a full-time in-state undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters will pay less than $10,000 for the academic year.

In addition to the virtual portal, students can also contact an enrollment coordinator via email at [email protected]

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