The university’s popular “Gorilla Advantage” tuition program, which offers in-state rates to students in select counties in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, will soon have a companion program that will officials believe will make the school even more attractive to out-of-state students.

The program, which starts this fall, will allow qualified students who live outside of the Gorilla Advantage counties in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas to attend classes at a reduced rate. It will also be available for students from Texas.

“Pittsburg State’s location and academic offerings make it very attractive for students in our neighboring states,” said Bill Ivy, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. “Now the Gorilla Edge will make our tuition very competitive for these qualified students.

“You could view this opportunity as being equivalent to receiving a $7,300 scholarship. We hope alumni living in these areas will help us get the word out to prospective Gorillas. ”

The new tuition program will be available to qualified students beginning this fall.