How Cuts to Public Universities Have Driven Students Out of State

New York Times: “Declines in state support for public universities have helped reshape the geography of public college admissions, leading many students to attend universities far from home, where they pay higher, out-of-state tuition. An analysis of migration patterns among college freshmen shows the states students leave each year and where they go.”

“Budget cuts have driven public universities across the country to seek out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition. They have found fertile ground in California and Texas, where declines in state support have increased tuition and limited the number of spots available.”

“Budget cuts have led to sharply higher tuition in Illinois and Minnesota, which export far more students than they import from other states. As a result, it can be cheaper for a Minnesota student to go to North Dakota State University, which attracts students with discounted tuition, than the University of Minnesota.”

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