Calls to several of the 26 Kansas University students with hometowns out of Douglas County revealed that they didn't realize the county was being billed for the courses they took at Johnson County Community College.
But all of the students felt they were correctly labeled as Lawrence residents.
One of the students is John Kenny, a KU junior in advertising from Northfield, Ill., who also is taking two courses this spring at JCCC.
Kenny, who established Kansas residency and now pays in-state tuition at KU, said he considers himself a Lawrence resident after having lived here for nearly three years.
"There are a lot of kids from KU who go there. I pass a lot of them on the road," he said. "And I see a lot of KU stickers in the parking lot."
KENNY SAID he and other KU students take classes at JCCC because they can't get the courses they wanted at KU.
"I could never get this English class I wanted. I waited two semesters to get in and gave up," he said. Since he was planning to take a history course at Johnson County anyway, Kenny said he decided to sign up for the children's literature class he'd been wanting to take at KU.
Pamela Brown, a sophomore in advertising from Overland Park, said she's taking a lower-level math course at Johnson County because she didn't like the math program at KU. Math 101 is a self-taught course, and the tutors at the center weren't much help, she said.
"So every Tuesday and Thursday night I drive from here to Overland Park," she said. Brown said she's not enthused about the drive, especially since her parents moved recently to Delaware, so she can't stay the night in Overland Park.
BRIAN FORSYTHE, a junior economics major from Overland Park, said he feels the commute from Lawrence to JCCC is worth the trouble. Forsythe is taking a calculus course at JCCC that's equivalent to Math 122 at KU.
"I just have more luck with their math department," he said.
Scott Rehkop, a sophomore business major from Leawood, is taking a managerial accounting course at JCCC along with a fellow fraternity member.
Rehkop said he starting taking classes at Johnson County when he was in high school and has attended the community college in the summers as well.
Asked if he considered himself a Lawrence resident, he replied: "Oh yeah, absolutely. . . . I spend the majority of my time here."
Rehkop said he didn't realize Douglas County was getting billed for his courses at JCCC.
"I don't know if it's completely fair," he said of the out-district bill.