University of Wyoming considers lower out-of-state tuition

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Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming may consider reducing its tuition for out-of-state students in an effort to increase its enrollment.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the university's ongoing capacity study points to appealing to prospective students from neighboring states, especially people from Nebraska and Colorado, as a way to grow.

“Currently, our first-time full-time enrollment is about 1,700, and we have the transfer enrollment of roughly 1,000,” said Rose Martinelli, Huron Consulting Group’s senior director of higher education. “So, there aren’t any current constraints today that could not be addressed by changing the housing policy and/or the new housing plan.”

The study by Huron Consulting Group suggests lowering the current $15,500 baseline tuition for out-of-state residents to about $10,000.

The study says that increasing the university's housing capacity would likely help draw in more students as well. As UW increases enrollment, or seeks to, it should not result in the university being less selective, said Trustee Dick Scarlett.

“My only concern in all this is that we maintain our quality standards,” he said. “And I worry that in the attempt to attract more and more students that we lower our standards.”