SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure aimed at filling a revenue gap left by an unprecedented exodus of students on Mormon missions.
Herbert announced the decision Friday. The bill allows public colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition to high-performing students from other states.
Enrollment is down this spring at nearly all of Utah's colleges and universities, and they are expecting bigger dips in the fall. Higher education officials are projecting losses in the millions over the next 2 1/2 years due to the lost tuition.
Mission applications have doubled since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced in October it was lowering the minimum age for missionaries: from 21 to 19 for women; and from 19 to 18 for men.