Institutional Revenues per Student at Public Institutions over Time

Between 2004-05 and 2014-15, per-student revenue at public four-year institutions from tuition and fees and federal, state, and local governments increased by $720 (3%) in 2014 dollars. Net tuition revenue per student increased by $3,000 while revenue from government sources declined by $2,280.

Figure 14: Institutional Revenues per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student in 2014 Dollars at Public Institutions, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15

Figure 14 represents Institutional Revenues per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student in 2014 Dollars at Public Institutions, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Net tuition revenue is the amount of revenue an institution takes in from tuition and fees, net of all institutional grant aid provided to students. Some of this revenue comes in the form of Pell Grants and other financial aid from federal and state governments and other sources. Institutional averages are weighted by 12-month FTE enrollments. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Finance data, 2005, 2010, and 2015; calculations by the authors.

  • Over the decade, revenue per student at public two-year colleges from these sources increased by $240 (2%) in 2014 dollars. Net tuition revenue increased by $720, but funding from federal, state, and local sources declined by $480.
  • In 2014-15, per-student revenue at public two-year colleges from the combination of tuition and federal, state, and local governments was less than half of the revenue from these sources at public four-year colleges and universities ($10,480 vs. $24,140).
  • The increase in per-student state and local appropriations at public two-year colleges between 2009-10 and 2014-15 resulted from a decline in enrollment, rather than from changes in state appropriations, which were stable over this period.