Out-of-state colleges recruit more Calif. students

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(AP) – California students are increasingly being courted by out-of-state colleges seeking to take advantage of cutbacks and rising tuition at the Golden State’s public universities.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that schools in neighboring states are stepping up recruitment of California high school students, touting special discounts, small classes and course availability.

The University of California and California State University systems have had to hike tuition, cap enrollment and slash programs as the state cut funding for four years in a row.

The result has been more California students going to schools in Washington, Oregon and Arizona and other western states.

The universities of Washington and Oregon have both doubled their enrollment of California students for 2012. Maryville University in St. Louis offers a $5,000 scholarship to California students.

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