Cullen Maksimowski, LSSULakers.com
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees recently approved a plan to extend its one-rate tuition program world-wide effective for 2018-19 academic year.
Previously limited to North America (U.S. Canada, Mexico), University officials believe the expansion of the program on a world-wide scale will reach every area of the University helping LSSU foster increased diversity throughout the student-body and provide a more streamlined application, admission and enrollment process for all students.
The impact of the program will provide significate benefits to the Laker Athletics Department in its efforts to bring in international student-athletes to campus.
"The worldwide tuition rate provides a great benefit to Laker athletics," said Director of Athletics, Dr. David Paitson. "It provides a unique recruiting edge for our coaches, provides a financial benefit to the department in the form of a reduction in scholarship costs while providing a cost savings to student-athletes who are on less that a full-ride. It will also benefit the university in our efforts to bring more diversity to the campus community."
More specifically, the one-rate tuition will provide and immediate impact to the Lake State Hockey and Tennis programs who rely heavily on international student-athletes competing on their rosters each year.
"LSSU's worldwide tuition rate will be a great tool in attracting new talent to LSSU and Laker hockey," said Lake Superior hockey coach Damon Whitten. "The impact of international hockey players is exploding from the junior level to the National Hockey League. The new one-rate worldwide will aid us in bringing that talent to Sault Ste. Marie.
Kris Bindulis is a great example of an international student-athlete who came to LSSU and realized his goal of signing an NHL contract with the Washington Capitals. We're excited for this to impact our entire campus community."
The 2018-19 LSSU hockey roster will feature seven international athletes hailing from countries such as Latvia, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia and Japan. The men's and women's tennis teams will also carry a total of seven student-athletes representing the U.K, Scotland, Spain, Brazil, Pakistan and Germany.
"The worldwide tuition rate will give us many more opportunities to bring in international talent," said men's and women's tennis coach Luke Ogren. "There are a lot of potential international athletes looking for majors like engineering that struggle to find a school they can afford. Our worldwide tuition rate will make it a more realistic possibility for them to be able to obtain that degree whether they are on athletic scholarship or not."
Extending a world-wide rate also carries a new potential of international recruiting for other sports on campus such as basketball, volleyball, track & field, cross-country and golf.
Men's and women's basketball, in particular, has seen a steady increase of Australian and European student-athletes at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels over the last decade.
"As a women's basketball program we are really excited about the possibilities this new worldwide tuition rate presents," said women's basketball coach Brandon Lokken. "Basketball is a global sport and this helps us with recruiting international players."
For more information on LSSU admissions and tuition rates, visit lssu.edu/admissions-aid/