The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 11th, 2015
In debating the merits and value of higher education, knowing who
pays for what can be an important part of the discussion. When it comes
to government funding, the decline in state support is well documented. But a report
released on Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows just how much
the balance of responsibility has shifted from the states to the federal
The report, which includes a state-by-state analysis, shows that from
2000 through 2012 spending from federal sources per
full-time-equivalent student increased by 32 percent, while state
spending dropped by 37 percent.
"That’s a really significant shift in a very short time," said
Phillip Oliff, a manager at Pew, who helped develop the analysis. The
balance tipped in 2010.
For the report, the Pew researchers counted federal student-aid
grants (but not federal student loans or the value of education tax
credits), federal education benefits provided to veterans, and federal
spending on research at universities.