Inside Higher Ed
January 7, 2016
Young Invincibles released report cards today
that grade states on their support of public higher education. The
results weren't great, and only one state -- Wyoming, the least
populated state in the U.S., got an A (seven states received a B).
In its report, Young Invincibles, a think tank that advocates on
behalf of jobs, health care and education for young adults, considered
factors like a state's growth or decline in public higher education
support since the recession, how states compared to other states in
terms of support, a state's support to disadvantaged students, and
whether states offer aid on the basis of need or merit.
The report notes that the share of college a family pays has
increased since the recession as well, growing from 36 percent in 2008
to around 50 percent in 2014. Families were left with the largest burden
in Maine, at 82 percent, and the lowest cost share in Wyoming, at 15
Among the more than 40 factors Young Invincibles considered when
grading states is how much tuition at public four- and two-year colleges
has risen since the recession. In Arizona, which received an F from the
group, tuition rose 72 percent from 2008 to 2014 (Georgia and Louisiana
followed close behind, with increases of 68 and 66 percent,
respectively). Meanwhile, Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Montana each had
tuition increases below 10 percent during that time.
The report also found that just two states spend as much on higher
education as they did before the recession (Alaska and North Dakota). As
of 2014, Louisiana spent 41 percent less on public higher education
than it did in 2008. Seven states kept investment decreases below 10
percent during that time.
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