By Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2020

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Students who live near a private university in South Carolina could receive at least 50% off their tuition to attend the school, bringing costs down near the price of public universities in the state.

Coker University in Hartsville, formerly known as Coker College, announced the discount Wednesday, The State reported.

First-time students living in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Kershaw, Lee or Marlboro counties are eligible as long as they have a high school GPA of 3.0 and attend the school full time.

“We want our regional students to know that a private college education at Coker University is well within reach financially,” said Tracy Parkinson, the school’s executive vice president.

The full cost of annual tuition at the school is about $30,000. The discount could bring the cost down to the $15,000 range, comparable to Clemson University, University of South Carolina and other public universities in the state.

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