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Trends in College Spending: 2001-2011

Posted by Matti Miranda on November 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

An entry in Trends in College Spending in American Institutes for Research, by Donna Desrochers and Steven Hurlburt published on July 28, 2014. 

A Delta Data Update

This Trends in College Spending update finds that subsidies for public higher education institutions have hit a 10-year low, while students for the first time pay on average half or more of their education’s cost. Additionally, community colleges are posting the lowest level of spending per student in a decade.

The updated report presents national-level estimates for the Delta Cost Project data metrics during the period 2001–11. The figures and tables in this report replicate the revenue, spending, subsidy, and outcome metrics presented in earlier Delta Cost Project Trends in College Spending reports and recent Delta Cost Project data updates (see To accelerate the release of more current trend data, however, this update includes only a brief summary of the financial patterns and trends observed during the decade 2001–11, with greatest attention given to recent changes between fiscal year (FY) 2010 and FY 2011.

Other key findings include:

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