How quickly will states get to zero in funding for higher education?

May 7, 2015 | | Washington Post |

Public colleges and universities are supposed to be affordable options for students seeking a degree, but years of state budget cuts have led to increased tuition that families are struggling to afford. If states continue down this path of disinvestment, some will soon contribute nothing to higher education and leave schools and parents to fend for themselves, according to a series of new reports.

State funding for higher education historically rises and falls with the economy, but six years out of the 2008 recession the money states set aside for each college student remains 27 percent below what it was before the economy tanked, according to a new paper from liberal think tank Demos.

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