Preparing for College

Out-of-State Exodus

The state of the nation's economy is causing some rather odd decisions concerning college applications and enrollment. Up until now, traditional thinking has been that going to one of your home-state universities was a prudent move, both financially and educationally. That doesn't seem to be the case any longer. These days, state universities are accepting more and more out-of-state applicants. Are you wondering why?

Well, a recent article in the Sacramento Bee explains that at least in one state, California, more and more students are leaving to enroll in schools located in other states. The reasons are both obvious and complex. Reporter Phillip Reese notes, "Fed up with tuition increases and frustrated by rejection at packed California universities, more high school graduates than ever are ditching the state to attend college." These two factors are definitely true (more on that below).

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