Circle City Classic College Fair Recruiters Having A Tougher Time These Days

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As about 3,000 people -- parents and students interested in higher education -- sought answers from about 60 historically black colleges and universities at a college fair Thursday night, a recruiter commented on how the economy has affected his university.

The share of out-of-state students at Morgan State University in Baltimore has fallen from 40 percent to 30 percent in recent years, while the number of in-state students has risen to more than fill the gap and increase enrollment to about 8,000, said admission and recruitment officer Malcolm Day, 41.

Although scholarships, federal assistance, student loans and other aid are available, Day said, tuition, fees, and room and board total about $26,000 a year for out-of-state students and $16,000 for in-state students.

Morgan State has plenty of company, along with students and their parents, in dealing with tight economic times.

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