State Higher Ed Funding Shows Slight Growth

    According to Grapevine, an annual early survey of state indicators from the Center for Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers, state support for higher education increased by 3.7 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2018-2019, up from an increase of 1.6 percent the previous year. This continues a five-year trend of funding increases at the state level. However, the data show that nearly 70 percent of the nationwide growth can be attributed to gains in just nine states—California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington—which together increased funding for higher education by 5.4 percent, while the remaining 41 states experienced a growth of just 2.1 percent.

    Oversight of Colleges Receiving GI Funds Needs Improvement

    A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) finds that adequate oversight is lacking to determine if college programs enrolling active military service members and veterans are delivering quality education. This has resulted in more than $1.5 million in federal tuition and fee payments going to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.

     

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