STATE TRENDS

The information below summarizes state-by-state appropriations for higher education, tuition and fees, and changes in state per capita personal income. The reported data are for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 (as of December, 2002). Adjustments in appropriations and tuition increases after December are not included.

For more information about the performance of each state on the affordability of higher education, see the National Center's Measuring Up 2002: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education, available at www.highereducation.org.

NATIONAL AVERAGES

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition at public two-year institutions increased 8% (from $1,808 to $1,957).
  • Tuition at public four-year institutions increased 10% (from $3,379 to $3,718).
Income
  • Per capita income increased 2% (from $30,387 to $30,880).
Appropriations for Higher Education
  • Total appropriations increased 1% (from $62.9 billion to $63.6 billion).
State Financial Aid
  • Total state grant aid increased 7% (from $5.1 billion to $5.5 billion).

SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The National Center thanks several reviewers for their comments on an early draft of this report and their review of the data used: Richard Wagner, retired executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; Dennis Jones, president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; and Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

The data on public two- and four-year tuition and fees, and the data on student financial aid reported in state trends were collected by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) respectively. The National Center also expresses its gratitude to Marcus Gaspard, executive director of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, along with staff members Brule Hembree, John Fricke and Kathy Raudenbush for conducting the tuition survey and making results available to the National Center. At NCHEMS, we thank Paula Schild, John Clark, and Dennis Jones. The National Center appreciates the work undertaken by these organizations for this publication. The National Center also appreciates the data and analysis provided by Scott Pattison of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

The following sources of data were used for state trends:

Tuition and Fees. The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. Figures are for annual tuition and fees for academic years 2001-02 and 2002-03 at public two- and four-year institutions. Survey results completed January 2003.

Income. State per capita personal income is unpublished data, calculated by dividing the total personal income by the population of the state. The state total personal income data (quarterly) are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (accessed online 12/5/02). The state population data are from the Census (accessed online 1/7/03).

State Appropriations. Center for Higher Education & Educational Finance, Grapevine, Illinois State University. State funds for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 and local funds for fiscal year 2002 (accessed online 12/16/02).

State Financial Aid. The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. State student financial aid allocations from fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Survey completed January 2003.


ALL DOLLAR AMOUNTS ARE REPORTED IN CURRENT DOLLARS
Tuition and Fees.
Figures are for annual tuition and fees for academic years 2001-02 and 2002-03 at public two- and four-year colleges and universities.
State Per Capita Income.
Figures for state per capita personal income are from the second quarter 2001 and the second quarter 2002.
State Appropriations for Higher Education.
Figures are for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 and do not include local appropriations.
State Financial Aid.
Figures are for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
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