July 24, 2024

Coronavirus scrambles higher ed’s state funding outlook

Author: Ray Schroeder
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Daniel C. Vock, Education Dive

Public colleges began budget season expecting modest increases, but the pandemic could dash those hopes. Heading into this year’s legislative sessions, higher education experts and advocates expected lawmakers would continue to add modest increases to public college and university budgets. A few states, they thought, might even pass ambitious laws to make tuition free for more students. But the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has upended almost all of those expectations. Colleges and universities have switched almost entirely to online teaching. Governors and mayors have shut down schools, restaurants, bars and other major contributors to their local economies. The stock market suffered some of its biggest single-day drops in a century.


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