EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Some of Michigan's public universities say increasing numbers of out-of-state students are contributing to an overall rise in student population.
The Detroit News reports Thursday that the change comes as the schools compete for a smaller pool of high school graduates each year in Michigan. Out-of-state and international students, meanwhile, pay higher rates -- helping schools' budgets.
At most Michigan universities, the official 2013 head counts occurred last month, so some schools haven't yet released final enrollment figures. Most schools with higher enrollments attribute the increase to their programs, facilities and brand recognition.
Overall, enrollment has been up at the state's 15 public universities over the past several years. The Senate Fiscal Agency in July says that includes an increase of nearly 4 percent between 2007 and 2011.