Senior Policy Analyst
Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program
Almost all states continue to fund higher education well below pre-recession levels, as I explained yesterday and we describe in a new paper. These lower funding levels mean that colleges and universities have generally cut educational or other services, raised tuition to cover the gap, or both — steps that may diminish education quality at a time when a highly educated workforce is more crucial than ever to the nation’s economic future.
Indeed, since the recession, higher education institutions have:
Over the past year, as states have started to restore funding for public higher education, tuition hikes have been much smaller than in recent years. Tuition at public four-year institutions rose in 38 states in the 2013-14 school year, but the average across all states was a modest $120 or 1.4 percent after inflation.