Selected SLC Research
Policy Analysis | June 1, 2011
How much are SLC member states allocating toward higher education?
As states have reeled from the Great Depression, Americans are pursuing post-secondary education at record levels. The importance of higher education to the kinds of jobs most observers maintain will dominate the post-recession economy is relatively clear. States recognize the necessity of a well-trained and ‐educated workforce to their future competitiveness and have generally provided the means for these systems to meet current demands and future needs. Nonetheless, the recession affected state allocations for higher education across the region, reducing state monies for this purpose from a high of nearly $4 billion in FY 2008 to only $3.6 billion in FY 2011. The decline in real terms to state higher education systems was mitigated in large part by stimulus spending, which injected more than $3.8 billion in the region's higher education systems and institutions.
As states pull out of the recession, there are signs of recovery in state support for higher education. Indeed, 11 of the 15 states in the SLC have increased their support for higher education over the past five years by significant amounts, and only three have experienced declines.
State Fiscal Support for Higher Education, by State, Fiscal Years 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 a
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|State / Region||FY 2006 State Support b||FY 2007 State Support b||FY 2008 State Support b||FY 2009 State Support b||FY 2010 State Support b||FY 2011 State Support b||Percent Change FY 2006 - FY 2011|
a FY2011 figures on state support for higher education represent initial allocations and estimates reported by the states from September through December 2010 and are subject to change.
b State monies include state tax appropriations and other state funds allocated to higher education.
c Tennessee's 11.4% increase between FY10 and FY11 in state monies for higher education is an anomaly, reflecting the decision to apply available federal stimulus funds in FY11 to K-12 education. An equivalent amount of state funds were used for higher education. The increase in state monies for higher education between FY10 and FY11 does not reflect an increase in the overall availability of state funds for college and university support.