Also, because of the huge territory it covers, WUE offers students a variety of colleges and universities to choose from. Dan Davenport, Idaho's admissions and financial aid director, says it allows low-income students from other states to consider Idaho when they might not otherwise have been able to do so.
In all four programs, schools can choose to participate or not. New England's program, however, is similar to the Academic Common Market in the South: Students can make use of the discount only if they are majoring in something that isn't offered at home. In general, none of the programs link the discount to financial need.
The programs highlighted here aren't heavily advertised, so interested students must do some research. "There's kind of a delicate balance here," explains Bruce Chaloux, director of student access programs and services at the Southern Regional Education Board. "We are not trying to promote getting a Georgian to go to Tennessee to go to school—that's not our objective. At the same time, we know that there are Georgians who want to go to school and do not have a program available in the state of Georgia, so we want to encourage them."
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