Public colleges are getting more money from tuition and less from state and local taxpayers, according to a new report. Tuition now makes up 43 percent of revenue, compared to less than 30 percent a decade ago, concludes SHEEO, which represents state higher education officials.
State and local funding for higher education has fallen 12.5 percent over the last five years, the study found. On average state and local governments provided public colleges and universities with $6,290 per student in 2011, down from $7,488 three years earlier.
Enrollment keeps rising as students turn to federal aid — or debt — to pay higher college costs.
Nationally, enrollment is up more than one-third over the last decade and 8 percent since 2009, so there is less to spend per student, leading to waiting lists for classes and other cutbacks across higher education.
Despite higher tuition, public colleges’ total revenues per student, counting both state funds and tuition, are down almost 6 percent since 2008.