There is some of that I'm sure but I still think our engineering school applications are way down from previous years. But I admit that is just a guess, I don't have the data to back it up.
In any case the Out of State Tuition "problem" is real. Universities do favor out of state/country students because of the higher tuition they have to pay.
Without out of state tuition TRIPLE instate in so many state universities they come out ahead by leaving two vacancies!
When my middle child decided to apply to a graduate engineering program, he was told by the head of the program not to worry about getting admitted. He is a caucasian American, and, as such, could be admitted under affirmative action guidelines as a minority.
Both here and abroad, foreigners are driving high-tech and getting the jobs because they aren’t afraid of hard work.