Thursday, August 13, 2015

Purdue University tuition freezes squeeze out in-state students - Joseph Paul, Indianapolis Star

For four consecutive years, Purdue University has managed to freeze tuition rates, establishing the university as a pacesetter in the national drive to make college more accessible and affordable. Yet putting tuition increases on ice might freeze some Indiana students out of Purdue altogether. Over the past decade, the land grant university has transformed from a majority-resident campus to one that now enrolls more out-of-state and international students. Non-resident students comprise the majority on Purdue’s campus as a whole, accounting for 52 percent of the combined undergraduate, graduate and professional student population. In fact, Purdue enrolls more international students than any other public university in the country, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But Daniels said competition for graduate spots is a different process. That’s why more than 75 percent come from outside Indiana.

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