States are disinvesting in higher ed. 2015 effort == 1966 effort. Been on the decline since 1980.
Consequence: even in-state students struggle to afford college.
— Pell Institute

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(April 9, 2015)

State Investment and Disinvestment in Higher Education

State Fiscal Support for Higher Education per $1000 of Personal Income, FY 1961 to FY 2015States' support for public higher education has significantly declined since 1980. This, according to the latest Postsecondary Education Opportunity issue, released by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. In the newsletter, Tom Mortensen, Senior Researcher at the Pell Institute and author of the report states, “Measured as a share of state resources available to invest in higher education, the 2015 state investment effort is about where it stood in 1966, or nearly 50 years ago."

Consequently, even in-state students struggle to afford to attend public colleges and universities that were once the low-cost choice and lower state funding has made tuition increasingly unaffordable.

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