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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

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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The Student Debt Threat

It shouldn’t be a debt sentence to get a college education. Yet in 2010, Americans’ student loan debt surpassed even that of credit card debt. In a testimony before a U.S. Congressional Subcommittee, Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute explains why college has become so expensive: the skyrocketing growth of federal student aid.

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APSCUF Threatens Faculty

As reported by Fox43, here is an email sent from an APSCUF chapter president—using his university email address—to faculty, implying anyone choosing to work during the strike would be “forever” labeled a “scab” (emphasis added):

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