Friday, March 2, 2012

Why Tuition Has Skyrocketed At State Schools

From the New York Times:

"But at least at public colleges and universities — which enroll three out of every four American college students — the main cause of tuition growth has been huge state funding cuts."

"Why? Struggling states have to prioritize other mandatory spending, like Medicaid. Higher education usually falls under the “discretionary spending” part of the budget — and in fact is often one of the biggest programs, if not the biggest, in the discretionary category."

"Sure, state tax revenues are growing again, but so are state spending obligations. States will soon have to pay out trillions in public pensions for the retiring baby boomer generation — squeezing the funds for training the next generation of workers even more."

(Scott Fruehwald)

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