Steep Declines in State Support for Higher Ed Shifts Funding Burden to Students

Steep Declines in State Support for Higher Ed Shifts Funding Burden to Students

March 21, 2013

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report this week detailing the steep declines in state support for higher education since the economic downturn that began in 2007. The study examines cuts in higher education financing and the resulting tuition increases at institutions over the past five years.

According to the center, states are spending 28 percent less per-student in the 2013 fiscal year than they did in 2008. New Hampshire and Arizona cut their per-student spending in half during that period. 

The report warns that those trends mean it will be many years before states can again support colleges at prerecession levels. The center recommends that states raise revenue to rebuild their higher education systems rather than enact "shortsighted tax cuts, which would make it much harder for them to invest in higher education, strengthen the skills of their workforce, and compete for the jobs of the future."

 

Related Links:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Report

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3927

Michelle Cormier Mott

State Relations