Out-of-state students are becoming increasingly important at universities in Kansas and Missouri, which are searching for ways to offset rising costs and cuts in state funding for higher education.
About 35 percent of the University of Missouri's freshmen this fall are from outside the state, more than double the 17 percent 10 years ago. And this year, for the first time, Missouri received more applications from other states than from Missouri residents.
An influx of nonresident students and applications from other states also has been recorded at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City, The Kansas City Star reported Monday.
The universities are recruiting more out-of-state students in part because nonresident students typically pay at least twice as much in tuition as residents, which helps the schools' operating budgets.