The California State Auditor released a report yesterday that states the UCs have been rejecting highly competitive in-state applicants in favor of out-of-state applicants with lower qualifications who pay approximately three times as much for tuition. We hope this doesn’t come as too big of a shock to any of our readers. It’s something we’ve observed anecdotally for the past few years and it’s something we’ve had to tactfully advise to California residents during our complimentary assessments.
It’s a vicious cycle. When one state begins to favor out-of-state residents, its own residents are also, more or less, forced to pay higher tuition at other out-of-state schools. Those out-of-state schools then accept less of their own residents and concurrently start to appreciate the extra tuition revenue and build it into their financial projections. We don’t believe the colleges have much incentive to stop this vicious cycle without significant support and pressure from their state legislatures.
If there’s any upside to this phenomenon, it’s that schools can be held to higher standards given the greater choices out-of-state applicants have. A recent case in point would be that of Mizzou which very seriously damaged itself through its mishandling of its campus protests this past fall.
Best of luck with your applications!
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