University of California Increases Out-of-State Students

High school counselors in California are seeing the University of California system increase enrollments by accepting more out-of-state and international students, reports The Hechinger Report. 

According to UC figures, the number of nonresident students enrolled at the University of California's ten campuses increased nearly 33 percent, from 22,984 to 31,991, between 2009 and 2012. During the same period, the number of in-state students decreased 1.3 percent, from 199,431 to 196,917.

Enrolling out-of-state and international students increases income for public schools faced with reduced state funding and flat tuition, reported The Hechinger Report. This year, residents paid $8,893 in tuition and fees at public four-year schools nationwide, while out-of-state students paid $22,203.

In April, UC Berkeley announced it would continue to increase out-of-state students, to 23 percent from 20 percent, over the next three years.

The proportion of out-of-state students is the highest at large public universities like the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Researchers in higher education have been studying whether the increases in nonresident students have significantly impacted other student populations, such as resident, minority and low-income students.


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