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Higher ed funding is halfway back to pre-recession levels

The flattening of tuition revenue suggests public colleges and universities are responding to market pressure on price growth, the SHEEO report notes. Still, “heavy reliance on tuition revenue has become the new norm for how state higher education system are funded,” SHEEO President Robert Anderson said in a news release.

Some state budgets are proposing tuition freezes or limits on increases in exchange for more access to public funds. Colleges have also rolled out additional grant aid for low- and middle-income students, and some have even reset their tuition rates.

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