A University of Nebraska regent says cutting out-of-state tuition may be a way to attract more students and more money to offset state aid declines for the NU system.
Regent Kent Schroeder of Kearney believes that could be an answer to the challenge from state Senator Kermit Brasher. The Omaha Senator recently demanded the Board of Regents find creative ways to fund NU as state aid declines.
Schroeder says offering in-state tuition rates to students from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota would increase declining enrollment. And, he says, it would help solve NU's ongoing budget crisis.
Opponents of the idea, however, claim the additional out-of-state students would leave Nebraska following graduation.
Regent Randy Ferlic of Omaha says advertising Nebraska's strong university programs would be a better way to draw more students.