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U of A slashes non-resident law school tuition

PHOENIX -- The University of Arizona announced it is slashing the tuition cost for non-resident students at the school's law college.

Marc Miller, dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law, said the reduction is part of an attempt to lure more students from around the country to the college.

"Part of this change is to make sure that top students throughout this region and throughout the country realize that we have an extraordinary law school and university here and that a legal education can still be obtained at a decent price," said Miller.

Miller said the change is also meant to make the school particularly attractive to California students, who make up a large portion of the law college population.

"The second largest source of students for us, after Arizona, is California, and the second largest destination for our graduates is California," Miller said. "To compete for the top non-residents from California and elsewhere...our sticker price was, in some sense, obscuring the reality of just how affordable and excellent we were."

The change in tuition is an attempt to not only lure more of those students to the University of Arizona but also to keep them here in Arizona after graduation.

"As a public institution here in Arizona, I see this as consistent with training, keeping and creating networks for the best lawyers," he said.

According to the Wall Street Journal, non-resident students this fall will pay about $29,000, which is roughly a 25 percent reduction from last year's cost of $39,841.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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