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‘Broken’ funding system pushes public colleges to recruit out of state

The out-of-state visits “consistently exhibited racial bias,” the researchers explain, attributing colleges’ need to look beyond their borders to a “broken” higher ed funding system that “incentivizes universities to prioritize rich out-of-state students.”

State funding to higher ed rose slightly across the board in fiscal year 2019, with more states (43) seeing increases than in the previous year (32), analysts explained in a Moody’s Investors Service report earlier this year.

Yet the upturn follows a decade of contraction. In 2018, states spent an average of 16% less per student in 2018 than they did in 2008, while some states had drops in excess of 30%, according to data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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