Report says Pa. higher ed funding has been cut 33% in past 8 years

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 19, 2016 5:36 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania has seen one of the nation's largest reductions in state funding for public colleges and universities since the start of the recession.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

According to the center's analysis, Pennsylvania's per-student support for higher education since 2008 is down 33 percent, the fifth-largest reduction in inflation-adjusted dollars. That translates to about $2,234 per-student, or 13th most.

The center says that over that same period, tuition has risen about 20 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The report says some states have begun to restore funding cuts, but state financial support for public two- and four-year colleges nationally is about $8.7 billion lower, or 10 percent, than what it was just before the recession.

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