In FY 2021, educational appropriations per student increased for the ninth consecutive fiscal year and have increased by 43% since FY 2012 when appropriations per student were at the lowest point during the Great Recession. Tuition revenue per student has also increased overall in the past nine years, despite an annual decrease in FY 2021.
Notes: Full-time equivalent enrollment is equal to one student enrolled full-time for one academic year, excluding most non-credit/non-degree programs and medical students. Net tuition revenue is the gross amount of tuition and fees, less state and institutional aid, waivers and discounts, and medical student tuition and fees. Educational appropriations are state and local support available for public higher education operating expenses. Figures are adjusted for inflation using the Higher Education Cost Adjustment, enrollment mix, and cost-of-living differences among states. Data not available for the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.
Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research
Colleen Falkenstern serves as a research analyst in WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit. In her role, she supports the development of WICHE’s annual data resources—Regional Fact Book for Higher Education in the West, Benchmarks (of access and success), and Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West. She also provides analytical support for WICHE’s quadrennial projections of high school graduates, Knocking at the College Door. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of South Carolina—Columbia and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Denver.