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New Report Details Steep Declines in State Support for Higher Education

A report released on Tuesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities details the steep declines in state support for higher education since the economic downturn that began in 2007, as well as the tuition increases colleges have imposed in order to compensate for those losses. The report examines cuts in higher-education financing in the last five years, relying on data from the annual Grapevine report on state support for higher education. The center found that states are spending 28 percent less per student in the 2013 fiscal year than they did in 2008. Two states—New Hampshire and Arizona—cut their per-student spending in half during that period, the report says. The report warns that those trends mean it will be many years before states can again support colleges at prerecession levels. To rebuild their higher-education systems, the report recommends that states raise revenue rather than enact what it calls “shortsighted tax cuts that stifle higher-education investments.”

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