Moi has posted quite a bit about access issues for Washington students hoping to attend a Washington public university. In It’s Getting Tougher to Get Into College moi posted:
In Alliance With Western Governors U, A Step Toward Privatization? moi posted the the story by Meg Coyle of KING5 News about how difficult it is to get admitted to the University of Washington.
Meg Coyle is reporting in the KING5 News story, UW is Taking More Out-of-State Students to Offset Budget Cuts
Budget cuts are making it tougher for Washington students trying to get into the University of Washington.
The school admits it’s now making room for more out-of-state students who bring in more money.
“I think they should be concerned. We’re concerned,” admitted UW Admissions Director Philip Ballinger.
Severe budget cuts have forced UW to look outside the state for students.
“We cannot literally afford to enroll as many resident students,” said Ballinger.
Why? Because out-of-state students bring in a lot more money. A Washington resident would pay about $8,700 a year in tuition and fees. But a non-resident would pay three times that, more than $25,000. Ballinger blames a $200 million dollar cut in state funding.
“So when you have that kind of cut you have to find some way of mitigating,” he said…
“We’ve been turning away excellent students for years at the University of Washington,” said Ballinger.
Still, this year may be harder than ever. About 24,500 students applied to UW for the upcoming school year for 5,650 spots. That means nearly 12,000 rejection letters went out.
Ballinger says they’ve seen the number of applications nearly double in ten years. But of those, he says the number of Washington applicants has remained flat.
At the same time fewer Washington students are being admitted to UW, the state is seeking closer ties with Western Governors University.
Katherine Long in reporting in the Seattle Times article, Bill Would Partner State With Online University
Kristina Dell has a great article at the Daily Beast, 10 College Admission Trends about the difficulties students will encounter when applying to college.
So, students and families applying to colleges will have to apply to more schools.
In The Campus Tour moi said:
College.Com has some great suggestions for a good campus tour
See, College Tour Checklist, What to Look For
For many families, the expense of a college tour is very difficult considering they are having a difficult time even affording college. Kiplinger has some good suggestions about how to keep costs in check in the article Make The Most of A Campus Tour Many families cannot afford the costs of going to college out of their area, so they will be considering community colleges and colleges close to their home. Lynn Jacobson has a good article in the Seattle Times about a college tour in California with her son. In College Tours: Making The Most of Campus Trips With High-Schoolers Jacobson relates her experiences and has some suggestions for college tours closer to home.
Jacobson omitted information about Washington State University. To arrange a WAZZU campus tour
Even if you cannot afford to visit an out-of-state school, that does not mean that schools you cannot visit should not be considered for you. Often there is a program or degree option that a student cannot find in a school closer to home. Every student must consider all options in light of what they hope to achieve from a college education and what their budget is for college. Sometimes, a school located farther from home may offer a better financial aid package. Ask questions and try and find the best option for you.
US News has 10 Least Expensive Public Colleges for Out-Of-State Students
Of the top 10 least expensive public schools for out-of-state students, eight are located among Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and five of the top 10 are ranked in U.S. News‘s rankings of Best Colleges. The five military academies, which charge $0 in tuition and $0 in fees in return for postgraduate service, were excluded from this tuition list, as were schools designated as Unranked by U.S. News.
These are the 10 least expensive public schools for out-of-state students, based on tuition and required fees (figures do not include room and board, books, transportation, and other miscellaneous costs):
Out-of-state tuition & fees (2010-11)
U.S. News rank & category
New Mexico Highlands University
RNP*, Regional Universities (West)
Minnesota State University—Moorhead
84, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Minot State University (ND)
RNP, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Southwest Minnesota State University
104, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Bemidji State University (MN)
92, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Midwestern State University (TX)
RNP, Regional Universities (West)
Northern State University (SD)
48, Regional Colleges (Midwest)
South Dakota State University
RNP, National Universities
Mayville State University (ND)
64, Regional Colleges (Midwest)
University of South Dakota
RNP, National Universities
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.
Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find tuition data, complete rankings, and much more.
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