Thursday, August 4, 2016

Out-of-state students help bottom line at Ohio's public universities - Mary Mogan Edwards, Canton Rep

As state support for colleges and universities has shrunk in recent decades, schools have relied more on tuition revenue. But state schools have a special mandate to be affordable, and in some recent years lawmakers have frozen tuition for in-state students. What's a budget-strained university to do? Many, including Ohio State and Ohio universities, have responded to the financial strain by recruiting more undergraduates from other states and countries. Out-of-state students pay hefty tuition surcharges, and schools are free to raise those each year. At OSU, where in-state tuition and fees total $10,037 for the coming year, out-of-state students will pay $28,192. New international students will pay $29,229, and returning international students will pay $30,169. The trend shows in enrollment as well as dollars: Though the number of new freshmen on OSU's main campus grew by 19 percent during the past 10 years, the growth was in students from outside Ohio.

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