TOLEDO, Ohio — College students are being hit the hardest in our nation’s struggling economy. While most universities are raising tuition, the University of Toledo and Cleveland State University are offering in-state tuition to Michigan college students. Bowling Green State University is offering 50 percent off out-of-state tuition for Michigan students. Students from Toledo, Ohio and Windsor, Ontario can receive in-state tuition at Wayne State University. Oakland University offers in-state tuition to all students from the U.S., Canada and Mexico with a 3.2 GPA.
The University of Toledo offers in-state tuition for Michigan students with a 3.0 GPA. The $8,000 out-of-state tuition fee is waived for students who meet that requirement. Students who have a GPA higher than 3.0 can qualify for an additional $4,000 scholarship at UT. There are 310 Michigan freshmen students taking advantage of the program, as of the fall 2009 semester. The in-state tuition program began in 2006 and it also applies to students from all 50 states and Canada, however it is not promoted very much.
“This is our fourth year that we are actively recruiting in Michigan,” said Lawrence J. Burns, Vice President of External Affairs at the University of Toledo. “In particular, southeast Michigan, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. We’ve seen a nice return for our investment. We’ve always had a reciprocal agreement with Monroe county, because it’s so close. The Wayne-Oakland-Macomb county program, that’s where our growth is coming from. Actually, the Monroe county is down a bit. We want to get that up again.
“In actuality, it really is a program that if you lived in Kingsville, Ontario, we would waive the out-of-state tuition if you had a 3.0. Hopefully, you’re viewers have seen our billboards, our commercials, advertisements. It makes the University of Toledo a bigger bargain than it has been in past years. We’re only an hour away from most people in Wayne-Oakland-Macomb county. It is really like a suburb of Detroit. Give us a look.”
Bowling Green State University offers 50 percent off out-of-state tuition for Michigan students with a 3.0 GPA or a score of 20 on the ACT. The $3,654 tuition fee is waived with a scholarship for students who meet the requirement. There are 175 Detroit-area students taking advantage of the program. The discounted tuition program began in fall of 2004 and also applies with Ohio’s contiguous states including Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, West Virginia and Michigan.
“We look for this year to be 200 or above,” said Gary D. Swegan, Assistant Vice President and Director of Admissions at Bowling Green State University. “I think that at Bowling Green, it’s likely that this program of one-half off will continue. We probably will not increase that but one of the things we go at Bowling Green is we do what we call scholarship stacking. You take half of the out-of-state fee and you start adding $1,500 or $3,000 or $5,000 on top of that. We can come up with a pretty nice package for a Detroit-area student.
“We’d like to tell you that Bowling Green State University was just named by U.S. News & World Report as No. 11 in the country for undergraduate education. That list included four Ivy League schools: Stanford, Notre Dame, Duke, very, very distinguished list. Bowling Green was No. 11.”
Wayne State University offers in-state tuition for students from Windsor, Ontario and the four contiguous counties closest to Toledo, Ohio with a 2.75 GPA. There are 150 Windsor-area students and between 50 and 75 Toledo-area students taking advantage of the program. The in-state tuition program began in 1999. A $1,500 scholarship is also available to those eligible students and a $3,000 scholarship is available to students from states other than Ohio.
“We call it the Good Neighbor Policy,” said Susan A. Zwieg, Senior Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Wayne State University. “It’s been at Wayne State University since 1998. We do not consider Ohio and those counties as a primary market right now, which means we don’t recruit heavily there. We do a lot of direct mail and other forms of that kind of recruitment in Ohio. We’re a little disappointed with the numbers. We get about 25 new freshmen and transfers from those four counties in Ohio every fall. We probably have 50 or 60, maybe 75 at the most total at all years of college at any time.
“Actually, it has gone up just a little bit. Where say we had eight or 10 from high schools, now we have 20. There’s something psychological about the way students and people go to work, go to church, go to school. It seems like they’re not really inclined to go north. We have had some analysts come in and talk about this. We’re working on that. Because of what I do, the new freshmen numbers are up 4.5 percent. The new transfers are up 5.8 percent. Grads are up about 6 percent. Overall, we’re back at about 32,500 students. Wayne State is where I think everyone should go.”
David Handsor is an admissions counselor who handles Ontario recruitment for Wayne State University.
“The Good Neighbor program applies to all residents who are permanently living in Ontario,” Handsor said. “They’re waived of the out-of-state tuition. We get approximately 150 students each year in the fall. It’s gone down a little but over the years but we’re hoping that we’re going to have a big turnout this year. I’m really excited to start the new recruiting season. I start in two weeks and that’s when I’ll begin visiting high schools and I can’t wait to tell them about what Wayne State University has to offer.”
Oakland University offers in-state tuition to all students from the U.S., Canada and Mexico with a 3.2 GPA. There are 60 out-of-state students and seven Canadian students taking advantage of the program. The tuition differential scholarship began 10 years ago while the out-of-state opportunity scholarship just started in the fall of 2009.
“As long as they meet our admissions criteria, which is a 3.2 high school GPA, down to a 2.5, which would be a recalculated GPA,” said Dawn M. Aubry-Slowik, Associate Director of Admissions at Oakland University. “They would be eligible to receive the out-of-state opportunity scholarship. All the 50 states in the continental U.S. would be eligible for this new opportunity scholarship. We have a special agreement with Canada and Mexico. Canadian and Mexican students can also receive in-state tuition through our out-of-state opportunity or tuition differential scholarship.
“We have almost a 25 percent increase from last year. We’re expecting quite a big increase this year. Our recruitment staff is actually in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and they’re going to Toronto this next week to really get some excitement up in Canada and try to provide opportunities for students to come to Oakland next fall. Oakland University is a great institution. We offer many majors. Our strongest majors would include nursing, health sciences, business, psychology, communication and we’re very well known for our elementary education.”
Cleveland State University also offers in-state tuition to Michigan students, according to a billboard along Interstate 75, just north of the Ohio border.
If you are looking to start college, consider going to an out-of-state university. You may be able to pay in the in-state tuition price. Just visit the university’s admissions office and ask.
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