Date: Embargoed for January 22, 2018
Contact: Jim Palmer, Editor, Grapevine
Center for the Study of Education Policy, Illinois State University
Data reported by the states in the latest Grapevine survey (Tables 1 and 2, attached) indicate that initially-approved state fiscal support for higher education nationwide increased by a modest 1.6% from fiscal year 2016-2017 (FY17) to fiscal year 2017-2018 (FY18). This is the lowest annual percent increase in the past five years (see chart to the right). Almost all of the increase between FY17 and FY18 was accounted for by appropriations in only three relatively large states: California, Florida, and Georgia. Total funding across the remaining 47 states rose by only 0.2%.