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State budget talks weigh freezing tuition for more funding

State budget talks weigh freezing tuition for more funding

February 28, 2019

The proposed limits on tuition increases are one piece of a higher ed funding puzzle that grew primarily out of dramatic recession-era state budget cuts and has been exacerbated by slower investment returns. Also on the table are major pushes for fundraising, belt-tightening and recruiting students from a wider range of demographics, including nontraditional learners and those hailing from outside the state or country.

However, some taxpayers may not fully understand institutions’ budget woes. About 34% of U.S. adults in a recent survey said they thought government funding for public higher ed had stayed the same over the last decade and 27% said they thought it increased.

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