Utah’s Regional Competitiveness For Non-Resident Higher Education Students


The economic recession dating from March 2001 created budget shortfalls in many states, including Utah. The higher education budget was among many that faced budget cuts. To help make up the shortfall, law changes were put into effect this fall. The new laws changed Utah’s residency requirements from one year to sixty semester hours (the equivalent of two years of full-time schooling) and increased resident and non-resident tuition. New revenue from increased tuition paid by more out-of-state students was estimated at $5 million and would be generated because non-resident students pay approximately three times the tuition of in-state students.

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