Out-of-state students are becoming increasingly important to universities in Missouri and Kansas, which are trying to make up for cuts in higher education funding.
The Kansas City Star reports about 35 percent of the University of Missouri's freshmen this fall are from other states. That's more than double the 17 percent of 10 years ago.
And nonresident applications to the University of Kansas exceeded resident applications this year. The school says in 2010, non-Kansas residents made up 25 percent of schools freshman class.
Kansas State also says it's had record applications and enrollment from out-of-state students for the last six years.
University officials say they are recruiting more out-of-state students to help curtail rising costs and lower funding. Non-resident students generally pay higher tuition rates than in-state students.