California Students are Leaving the State for Higher Education

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(Courtesy of The Daily 49er)

Budget cuts to higher education are causing students in California to study in different states, according to a report by Arizona State University News.

On Nov. 1, ASU reported an approximate 42 percent increase of new freshmen from California between 2008 and 2010.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System conducted an annual fall enrollment survey. In each even-numbered year, colleges and universities are required to report the total number of first-time, full-time students by their states of origin. The report shows the growing trend of an increasing number of students migrating away from home to attend college in other states.

“I came to ASU because my best friend wanted to go here,” said Jenna Engstrom, a California native now attending ASU. “At the same time, I didn’t get into any schools in California that I wanted to go to.”

Engstrom was attending St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano when she decided to attend ASU.

According to the data collected in the annual fall-enrollment survey, Cal State Long Beach’s freshmen with California residency decreased by 611 students from 2008 to 2010.

According to David Dowell, vice provost and director of strategic planning at CSULB, budget cuts play a role in where students choose to attend college.

“The state budget cuts have forced tuition increases that have made in-state college education less the terrific bargain that in-state used to be,” Dowell said via email. “Cuts have also hurt class availability on many campuses.”

In March, the Cal State University announced that decreased state funding has cut student enrollment in the 2011-12 year by 10,000 students.

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