US state support of public PSE drops by more than 25% over 20 years

April 10, 2012

Adjusted for inflation, state support for each full-time public PSE student fell by 26.1% from 1990 to 2010, forcing students and their families to bear more of the cost of PSE at a time when family incomes were largely stagnant, observes a new US report. Over the same 20-year period, the report states, the published tuition-and-fee price of a 4-year public-college education rose by 116%. The report recommends that states revise their tax systems to make more funding available for PSE, direct funding to need-based aid rather than to merit aid, and make college completion a goal of their spending. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Report