State Spending on Higher Education Increases Slightly

State appropriations for higher education increased slightly over last year, according to an annual survey compiled by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

As reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, overall state appropriations for colleges were 1.6 percent higher this year over last. But this year's increase is the smallest in five years, and it is less than the 2.1 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for the 2017 calendar.

The overall increase is due mostly to the increased appropriations in California, Florida, and Georgia, the survey found. In addition, there is wide variation in spending among the 50 states. Eighteen states reported spending increases, ranging from 2 percent in Michigan to more than 11 percent in Florida; 12 had increases of 2 percent or less; and 19 cut higher education spending with decreases ranging from one-tenth of a percent in Ohio to 14.6 percent in North Dakota.


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