Michigan's public universities are increasing the number of nonresident students on their campuses in an effort to battle demographic slumps in state high school graduates and buttress slumping budgets.
In tough financial times, out-of-state students are attractive for a simple reason: They pay higher tuition rates. On average, it costs $12,000 more for nonresidents to attend a Michigan university than their resident peers.
Michigan's universities "need to strive to increase out-of-state enrollments without decreasing or compromising access for in-state students," Domino's Pizza President and CEO Patrick Doyle, a board member of Business Leaders for Michigan, said during a recent seminar on higher education in Michigan. "Just increasing enrollment to their peer university averages could realize a direct economic impact of over $200 million over four years from increased tuition revenue to our state alone."
But there's a catch: The higher tuition rates mean universities often need to offer incentives to bring in nonresident students.