2015-16 State and Local Funding for Higher Education per Student and per $1,000 in Personal Income and 10-Year Percentage Change in Inflation-Adjusted Funding per Student, by State

In Vermont and New Hampshire, state and local funding per full-time equivalent (FTE) student at public colleges and universities in 2015-16 was less than half the national average of $7,120. In Wyoming and Alaska, it was more than twice the national average.

Figure 13: 2015-16 State and Local Funding for Higher Education per Student and per $1,000 in Personal Income and 10-Year Percentage Change in Inflation-Adjusted Funding per Student, by State

Figure 13 represents 2015-16 State and Local Funding for Higher Education per Student and per $1,000 in Personal Income by State and 10-Year Percentage Change in Inflation-Adjusted Funding per Student. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table,

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Data for Illinois are not available.

SOURCES: SHEEO, SHEF reports; Bureau of Economic Analysis, Annual State Personal Income 2015; calculations by the authors.

  • A given level of funding per $1,000 in personal income yields higher per-student support in states with higher levels of personal income (and also in states with lower enrollment rates). For example, both Nevada and Connecticut provided about $3.90 per $1,000 in personal income, but Nevada’s $6,820 in fiscal support per FTE student was considerably smaller than Connecticut’s $11,100.
  • Between 2005-06 and 2015-16, all but seven states saw declines in funding per student.