Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has announced a new financial aid incentive to children of alumni of the university. Under the new Legacy Award program, students who qualify for admission and have at least one parent who is a Southern University graduate will be able to pay in-state tuition no matter where they currently reside.
In the past, out-of-state students with a parent who graduated from Southern University received a 50 percent discount for the out-of-state fees. Now a student taking advantage of this opportunity with save nearly $3,700 per year.
Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor of Southern University, notes that “increasing the Legacy Award to completely cover this fee allows us an opportunity to reconnect to the thousands of alums we have around the country and bring in a new generation of Southern graduates. This is just another way Southern University is attracting future students and keeping our alumni engaged.”
Brandon K. Dumas, vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management, added that “once they’re here, we are confident that, through their one-of-a-kind academic experience, many will opt to remain in Louisiana to use their newly acquired and honed skills to better our local communities.”