Fewer Indiana residents attend Purdue after tuition freeze

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By: Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Data show that about 1,200 fewer undergraduates from Indiana and 330 more non-residents attend Purdue University since the school froze tuition rates at 2012 levels.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that tuition freezes have only complicated Purdue’s desire to serve Indiana residents although they’re the least profitable students.

Since out-of-state and international students pay significantly more to go to Purdue, the school is able to choose from the wealthiest, most talented applicants from around the world. That leaves fewer spaces on the campus for Indiana residents who receive tuition discounts.

Students from other states pay nearly $29,000 and those from other countries pay about $31,000. Indiana residents pay just over $10,000.

In the past seven years, Purdue has eliminated more than 4,600 spots for undergraduate students from Indiana.