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Thanks for the link. It triggered me to google the subject and come up with this:

As he sees more flagships trying to attract out-of-state students, he said, he'll adjust his recommendations to students, suggesting that it may be worth applying to an out-of-state flagship that might have been out of reach academically before. "I'll tell them 'you might not have gotten in before, but you might now, and by the way, if you don't need financial aid, you've got a better shot.' "

I suspect Eldest benefited from this. We had actually considered buying a vacation property in GA a couple of years ago, in part with the potential to get in state tuition for him at GT, which he already had high on his list. His applying as in state might have worked against his getting in, which means the difference in tuition would not have helped pay the mortgage, an argument for the investment. We now own a property in VA, and are again considering splitting residency, to give Youngest more choice of lower cost schools. We intend to move there as soon as he graduates high school, so it would be much easier for us for him to be at school in VA than here in PA. I'll need to think more on that, but the need for action is a couple of years away anyway.

One thing for sure, this preference for out of state applicants seems real, which means that parents looking to fund their child's education may not so easily have that in state school tuition as an option if the kid is not a very strong applicant.

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