The predicted change in college enrollment in Utah universities due to the Mormon missionary age change is being addressed by the state senate.
SB51 grants in-state tuition for high-achieving students from outside of Utah. The drop in enrollment from Mormons in state will cause a financial hit to universities. A Utah Board of Regents report suggests enrollment declines due to the age change could spell a 10 percent reduction in revenue to the state university system.
According to the report, the University of Utah anticipates a $5.1 million loss in tuition revenue and 860 students in the 2014 academic year. Utah Valley University, according to the report, may lose 2,400 students and $8.1 million in revenue.
SB51 has passed the senate, and now moves to the House.