• August 30, 2015

State Support for Higher Education Continues to Fall

About These Data

These figures were reported by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State U. and State Higher Education Executive Officers. Figures include state tax appropriations, other state monies, and federal stimulus monies.

North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming enact state appropriations every two years. Figures for New York include only state support for the City University of New York, State University of New York, and student aid.

These figures do not include appropriations for capital outlays and debt service, nor do they include appropriations from local governments.

The data were collected from September to mid-January and are subject to change, particularly this year, as many states face budget gaps and may cut financing for higher education. Percentages shown are rounded to one decimal.

Different budgeting practices among the states make it impossible to ensure that all figures are perfectly comparable.

Percentage changes were not adjusted for inflation.


1. anonscribe - January 24, 2011 at 01:29 pm

CA's state funding increased? Why, then, did they raise tuition >30% at the UC? They also raised tuition at CC's and the CSU.

Is this "increase" due to stimulus funds, or are the funds localized to scientific research and professional schools, which gives a false sense of funding for core undergrad education? something doesn't add up.

2. badger74 - January 24, 2011 at 02:16 pm

Because they were clever in talking about cuts which were actually just cuts in what they wanted--not real "cuts". Includes state funding with any stimulus that went to the schools. No research grants, tuition, etc.

3. 11151195 - January 24, 2011 at 05:23 pm

Do these figure still hold after Gov. Browns' recent proposed cuts? Grapevine and SHEEO need to be read cautiously. For example, in NYS there is a difference between General Fund (appropriations from taxpayers dollars) and the overall budget which might include external funds, maybe tuition, etc.

4. unlvlaw - January 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

The map appears to be showing state appropriations for higher education AS A PERCENTAGE OF total state appropriations. What it fails to capture is the dramatic decrease in actual state dollars for higher education. Nevada MIGHT only be spending 3.9% less of its total state appropriations on higher education; but, in actual dollar terms, Nevada's colleges and universities have absorbed double-digit cuts each of the last three years and are facing another 20-percent (or worse) cut over the coming biennium.

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