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The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession

Robert Hiltonsmith, Tamara Draut Demos
Since the founding of public higher education, our nation has moved progressively toward expanding the doors of access. But in the last generation, we have moved in the opposite direction. State higher education funding on a per-student basis is lower today than it was in 1980. Federal financial aid no longer provides grants robust enough to defray the rising cost of college.
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