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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

State-Level Funding for Higher Education Increases for 2020, But With Some Caveats

Inside Higher Education is reporting that on average, state funding for higher education increased in fiscal year 2020 by about 5 percent over 2019, according to an analysis by Illinois State University's Center for the Study of Education Policy and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. From Inside Higher Education: "Only three states reported a year-over-year decline in state funding for higher education. By far the largest decrease -- 11.2 percent -- was in Alaska, the result of a gubernatorial veto that slashed funding to the University of Alaska system... Hawaii and New York had much more modest annual declines in state funding, of 2.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Funding levels for both states had already recovered to levels seen before the Great Recession of 2008."

Some observers posted caveats on social media, including the following:

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