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Total state appropriations for postsecondary institutions fell by $1.7 billion, or 1.8 percent, between fiscal year 2020 and 2021, according to an analysis done by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association.

SHEEO’s analysis is based on an early look at FY21 state appropriations information that is subject to change as more analysis is completed. This early analysis suggests that in 35 states, inflation-adjusted higher education tax appropriations declined from FY20 to FY21.

The changes in total state support for colleges and universities varied by sector. Funding for two-year public (community) colleges fell by 2 percent, while dollars provided to four-year public colleges and universities decreased just 0.1 percent.

SHEEO will post more detailed data on state support for higher education in May. Read about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state budgets, including potential implications for higher education funding, in this NACUBO analysis.


Ken Redd

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis


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