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Grad student enrollment in the state may be on the rise

December 10, 2002

With little money for assistantships or other inducements, Tennessee has lagged behind other states in recruiting and turning out graduate students in the last few years.

But plummeting interest rates on student loans may reduce falling graduate program enrollments, not only in Tennessee but nationwide. Rates on student loans have fallen from 5.99 percent in 2001 to 4.06 percent as of July 2002.
December 10, 2002

With little money for assistantships or other inducements, Tennessee has lagged behind other states in recruiting and turning out graduate students in the last few years.

But plummeting interest rates on student loans may reduce falling graduate program enrollments, not only in Tennessee but nationwide. Rates on student loans have fallen from 5.99 percent in 2001 to 4.06 percent as of July 2002.

THEC is forecasting a modest increase in graduate students, according to the Nov. 11 edition of the "Nashville Business Journal." Director of Academic Affairs Brian Noland believes law and business programs will experience the largest increase.