Bluefield State has the lowest out-of-state tuition as a percentage of its peers, at $9,944, or 62 percent of average.
Shepherd and West Liberty have the highest out-of-state tuition rates, each at 95 percent of their peer institutions. WVU's out-of-state tuition of $18,868 is 76 percent of its peer institutions average.
"As an in-state institution, it's a big bargain compared to its peers," Angela Bell, state higher education vice chancellor, told legislators. "As an out-of-state institution, it's still a bargain compared to its peers."
Perhaps because of that, WVU enrolled 10,245 out-of-state undergraduate students in 2012-13, nearly double the out-of-state enrollment for all other four-year colleges combined.
Marshall University had 1,381 out-of-state students, followed by Shepherd, with 1,371. Marshall also charged 957 students from Ohio and Kentucky a discounted metro tuition rate.
| HEPC officials said they are working to improve and accelerate remedial classes for incoming freshmen who are not prepared for college-level coursework.
State higher education Chancellor Paul Hill said of students taking remedial classes, "It seems to be the quicksand, where students who get in it do not get out."
He cited figures showing that, for every 100 students required to take developmental math their first semester, only 22 will go on to earn a four-year degree. Of those who fail the developmental class, only about two will ultimately go on to graduate.
Hill said college administrators are sold on the need to reform remedial classes to improve student success rates.
He said of students who enroll in college, but drop out, "These students are lost to the system. They're lost to the state's economy, and they're lost even as a revenue source for the institutions."
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