The states and federal government provide substantial resources for higher education, to support institutions, promote research, and improve access and affordability for students and families. The mechanisms include spending programs, tax provisions, and direct-to-consumer lending.

The research and analysis collected here explore how the U.S. funds postsecondary education, how that support varies across levels of government, how students and families interact with lending programs, and the challenges associated with student debt. 

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Federal and State Funding of Higher Education

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This chartbook illustrates major shifts in higher education funding in recent years. It examines where the money comes from, where it goes, and how the situation has changed over time.

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