Funding for Public Colleges and Universities Continues to Lose Battle with Enrollment Growth and Inflation
Fact Book Bulletin
Funding (appropriations plus tuition and fees) for public colleges and universities in the SREB region has lost ground so far this decade when enrollment growth and inflation are taken into account. Real-dollar growth in per student funding — along with results — are called for by SREB’s Challenge to Lead Goals for Education. Most of the funding increase thus far this decade has been generated by tuition and fees, not appropriations. This translates into higher and higher prices for students and their families at a time when there is already a college affordability gap for middle- and lower-income families.