This issue of WICHE Insights discusses the results of WICHE’s annual survey of tuition and fees in public higher education in the WICHE region, recent trends in state appropriations and fiscal support, and state grant aid programs. Key takeaways from the brief include:
- Western tuition and fees increases outpaced the national average, averaging 4 percent at public four-year and two-year institutions.
- Per-student appropriations in the WICHE region increased 1 percent in FY 2017 but remain 6 percent below FY 2008 levels.
- In the West, aid per-student lagged national averages by 1 percent, though structures and strategies for student-aid distribution varied greatly across the states.
- Appropriations, tuition, and financial aid must be aligned for states to meet strategic priorities, such as increased attainment and affordability.