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As Tuition Rates Rise, State Funding for Public Colleges Decrease, According to GAO Report

December 18, 2014

Funding for public colleges decreased by 12 percent overall from FY03 to FY12, while tuition rates for all public colleges rose by 55 percent during the same time, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Driven in part by the impact of the recent recession on state budgets, the decline in state funding has had a significant impact on college affordability for students and their family. The GAO found that a larger portion of family budgets are going towards helping offset the cost of their children’s college education. In the report, GAO also identified several potential approaches that the federal government could use to expand incentives to states to improve affordability such as creating new grants, providing more consumer information on affordability, or changing federal student aid programs. In addition to the report, GOA also released a web-based interview to share their thoughts and recommendations of how the federal government can help states to address the issue of college affordability. Read the report…

higher ed, state budget, federal agency, policy recommendations