Column: Higher education gaining more support from states

The nation’s state colleges and universities finally are getting some relief from declining taxpayer support, which has driven a steady increase in student costs.

The economic crisis that began in 2008 was brutal; collectively, state funding for higher ed dropped from almost $81 billion in the 2007-08 academic year to $72 billion during the 2012-13 year, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

Many major institutions receive less than 10 percent of their annual budgets from state legislatures, which has driven yearly boosts in tuition and almost a double standard in admission policies favoring nonresidents who pay far more.

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