Northeast Colleges Prepare for the New Normal—Budget Crises

Almanac 2010-NE

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

Students from more than 50 colleges and universities rallied in Albany, N.Y. this February as part of Student Aid Alliance Lobby Day, an event organized by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. The rally was planned to build support for several state financial-aid programs.

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Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

Students from more than 50 colleges and universities rallied in Albany, N.Y. this February as part of Student Aid Alliance Lobby Day, an event organized by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. The rally was planned to build support for several state financial-aid programs.

Although officials at higher-education systems throughout the Northeast said they had avoided worst-case budget scenarios in the 2009-10 academic year, they were already beginning to prepare for the deeper cuts they expected to encounter around the corner.

Federal stimulus money largely helped the nine states of the region limit or delay cuts for public colleges. Some states used the federal money as a one-time plug to help maintain colleges’ operating budgets, while others put