(May 11) Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid

By Tim Stuhldreyer
LancasterOnline.com

Why does college cost so much? If you go to a public university, it’s mostly because your state isn’t picking up as much of the tab, according to a new study.

More than 75 percent of the rise in tuition at U.S. public universities from 2001 to 2011 was due to declines in state aid, according to research published this month by the left-leaning public policy think tank Demos.

Critics of higher education often blame other factors, such as administrative bloat and construction sprees. But those account for only 11 percent to 12 percent of higher costs, the study determined.

Rather, there has been a “dramatic shift” in education spending, one that places much more of the cost on students and their families.

“More than half of education and related expenses at public universities is now paid for through tuition, up from about 35 percent in 2001,” wrote study author Robert Hiltonsmith, Demos’ senior policy analyst.

Full story: Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid, by Tim Stuhldreyer, LancasterOnline. 5/11/15

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