Documenting the Disinvestment in Public Higher Education
The House passed its version of the 2012-13 budget after adopting an amendment that added $1.1 million to the financial aid account. This means that financial aid will be funded the same next year as this year. The amount appropriated for campus operating budgets was not changed and remains the same as this year. The […]
House Bats .333 with Higher Education Budget
An important new report from Dēmos contains a wealth of data about what they call “The Great Cost Shift:” – the disinvestment in public higher education and the shift in costs to students and their families.
Between FY2001 and FY2010, state support per full-time student fell 37% in Massachusetts. Since then, enrollment has continued to increase, state appropriations have fallen, and the student debt crisis has exploded. With the budget unveiled by the House Ways and Means Committee on April 11, these trends would continue.