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Pennsylvania State Budget Toolkit

Pennsylvania Higher Education Spending


Pennsylvania taxpayers subsidize higher education through appropriations to 14 state-owned universities (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, or PASSHE), four state-related universities (Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Lincoln), community colleges, and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), which awards grants directly to students.

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Pennsylvania’s Public Universities Have Indigestion


If you ask them, they'll say they're hurting because budget-slashing Gov. Tom Corbett just forced something nasty down their throats—namely cuts to the subsidies they receive from Keystone State taxpayers. Their problem, many of them say, is not enough money, and the only answer is raising tuition on students and parents.

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Higher Ed Spending Myth

Spending for Higher Education Doesn't Create Economic Growth


The Coleman Report, published in 1966, and subsequent experience and analysis has demolished the idea that inputs alone are very useful in explaining the output of K-12. As the college level, the college attainment rate is also quite stubborn in spite of dramatic increases in funding over the years. In other words, spending more does not automatically yield better outcomes in terms of schooling. To sum up, the idea that lower spending in higher education condemns us to suffer lower economi

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Recent Blog Posts

Slots for Scholars?

Use of gambling revenue to fund colleges is both economically and morally questionable.

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State System Error: Proposed Scholarship Program is a Bailout

Governor Wolf's scholarship plan is a disguised bailout for the financially distressed Pa. State System of Higher Education.

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Pennsylvania's GI Bill Expands Education Opportunity, Military ESAs Would Do Even More

Last week, Gov. Wolf gathered with military members and lawmakers to thank them for their sacrifice with the Military Family Education Program—or Pa. GI Bill—signed into law last July.

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