“USU saw an uptick of 49 “full-time equivalent” students, or FTE, an important metric for per-student funding and budgeting. But the school‘s total headcount fell by 439, a decrease of 1.56 percent compared to fall 2016, according to data released Wednesday by the Utah System of Higher Education. In an announcement on USU’s website, administrators said sluggish growth was expected after a series of changes to out-of-state scholarships and a new tuition deal that charges students a uniform price for 12 or more semester credits.”