One of the budget balancing methods that the University of California system is considering is admitting more out-of-state students. Currently, out-of-state students pay $20,000 more per year than California residents, with the system pocketing a $10,000 profit each year on each student.
When I first read the article, I was a little put-off, since this would affect local kids who already require over 4.0 GPAs to get admitted to the more prestigious schools. Yet when I read further, I realized how few out of state students attend UCs.
While it's a bad precedent to have schools balance their budgets on the backs of some students at the expense of others, my question is, how many out-of-state students would you expect at a state university? Isn't part of a university experience mingling with people from other areas? Or should state schools focus on locals only?
The article appears here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-outofstate4-2009jan04,0,2413423.story