Fall enrollment decline could result in $54M loss for Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI — Enrollment is down nearly 900 students at Michigan State University compared to last year, and it could cost the university $54 million in revenue as officials keep working through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Enrollment for the fall 2020 semester is 49,695, which is 883 less students than the 50,578 enrolled in fall 2019, according to MSU’s enrollment report. There are drops in both out-of-state and international undergraduate students, which MSU President Samuel Stanley said could play a large role in the university’s revenue loss.

“The current tuition revenue reflects both a decline in total enrollment and an adverse change in student composition,” Stanley said in a letter to the MSU community. “It also is essential to note, a smaller class will have at least a four-year impact on our budget as that class moves through each year toward graduation.”

From 2019 to 2020, MSU’s

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