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The Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP) brings the results of research into the everyday world of educators, governmental leaders, and policymakers on the current and emerging policy issues affecting early childhood, K-12, and higher education.
A new study makes a serious effort to provide a balanced non-partisan analysis of how decisions about budget reductions for public higher education affect student costs. It avoids some of the problems of more simplistic analyses and lays groundwork for further study of this issue.
What’s behind increased student college costs? One big reason...
In 2001, annual cost per student for public college tuition degree was $13,167 (state education contribution plus tuition). In 2016, cost was $13,259 (+$92 adjusting for inflation). State paid more than 70% of cost in 2001, but only 50% of cost in 2016 (SHEF report). Public colleges are less public today.