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Why do universities charge more for out-of-state tuition than resident tuition?

Lynn Bretz, KU's director of university relations, said: "The rationale is residents have paid state taxes that support higher education in their state and therefore deserve a tuition break when they or their dependent children enroll.

"However, qualified out-of-state students add diversity to campus life and are welcome additions. Even if the out-of-staters graduate and leave, they tend to be ambassadors for the state. Either way, the university and the state benefit.

"Keeping tuition rates at a level that recognizes the support of residents but that doesn't deter qualified out-of-state students is a balancing act."


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