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  1. As a CFO of three private colleges over 20 plus years, my personal experience was that the increases in state aid, Pell, and federal loans contributed directly to tuition increases. Everyone at both NACUBO and NASFFA understood this relationship without the benefit of a research study.

  2. Everyone at both NACUBO and NASFFA understood this relationship without the benefit of a research study“…

    Meh!

  3. dennis bausch

    human capital contracts seems like indenture to me.

  4. Todd Mason

    Gotta flag this one for egregious abuse of statistics. Tuition has gone up at state schools because state support has gone down. Tuition covers 50 percent of the nut today vs 40 percent a decade ago. Costs have risen in this time period by 1.5 percent/year. http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Does-Tuition-Go-Up-/131372/

    One expects to find biased arguments here. Bogus arguments are something else.

    1. State support is merely an accounting line item. The increasing cost of education has far outstripped every other sector save healthcare, which is also federally subsidized. Colleges actively recruit all HS seniors, looking for a three semester payoff. The failed student then owes 15k, has no pedigree and is qualified for entry level work in the food service industry.

  5. Jerry Lesh

    Per pupil state support has gone down, but overall spending has generally increased y/y over the time you reference. The enrollments have swelled. To simply say “state support has gone down” is a bit misleading in its own right.

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