There is an interesting article over at Inside Higher Ed regarding the possible recruitment of out of state students to public colleges. Public colleges have often recruited students from other states generally for the stated policy of increasing the diversity on a campus or because of the students academic competitiveness.
However, with the current problems in the economy and with state funding of public colleges often being effected, it is starting to become more obvious that many public colleges are encouraging out of state applicants because of the additional revenue the college may earn. Typically, the tuition cost of a public college is two to three times higher for an out of state student than for an instate student.
So how might this effect future college applicants? Well, if you are interested in attending a public college in another state, it may be easier for you to gain admission. The catch, of course, is that financial aid at most public colleges is often almost non-existent for out of state students. If you can afford to pay the full cost of the out of state college, this trend might work to your admissions advantage.