State policy

Low-income people pay more into lottery-funded scholarships

More and more states are creating lottery-funded scholarship programs, but they disproportionately hurt the people they’re often intended to help.

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After a year of cuts, state funding looks positive for fiscal 2022

Experts' fears that state higher education funding would decline this fiscal year have largely abated.

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Pennsylvania system approves plan to merge six universities

The 14-university system will move ahead with a multiyear consolidation process despite months of public outcry about the plans.

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Faculty want money for new hires. Budget officers aren't sure

The California Community College System could get a $170 million boost in state funding to hire full-time faculty members. The system's budget officers aren't thrilled about it.

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Pennsylvania leaders fill federal gaps in sexual violence prevention

Pennsylvania lawmakers have continued to focus on reducing campus sexual assaults and funding initiatives throughout the state that support that goal, even as the national program on which those efforts were modeled has waned.

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State higher ed funding increased by 2.9% last year

Despite the years of increases, state and local funding for public higher education has not fully recovered from cuts made during the 2008 recession, an annual State Higher Education Finance report shows. Experts worry what will come in the future after 2020 turned out better than expected.

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Adult learners flood Michigan Reconnect program

State officials in Michigan expected a big response when they launched a free college program for adults earlier this year. They got lots of takers, all right -- 67,000 and counting.

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How can outcomes-based funding for colleges promote equity?

A better set of outcomes-based state funding metrics can encourage institutions to focus on low-income and minority students' success, a new report argues.

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State funding for two-year colleges declined this year while four-year colleges saw a small dip

Four-year institutions have fared better than two-year colleges when it comes to state support, a split that might be tied to enrollment declines.

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Governors propose cuts, increases and other changes for higher ed funding, depending on the state

California, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa and Kentucky are looking at spending more on colleges and universities in the upcoming fiscal year. Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada and North Dakota eye cuts.

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