State funding for higher education has risen three years in a row, most recently by 4.1 percent, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
The annual report compiles states’ spending from the current fiscal year and compares the data with years past. The report accounts for state appropriations, but does not include student fee revenue or most federal aid. Thirty-nine states, including Georgia, reported increases this year, with only nine seeing declines.
Illinois and Pennsylvania have yet to finalize their annual budgets and are expected to influence the overall data once submitted.