With the help of almost $ 2 billion in Federal Relief Funds from Covid-19, state allocations for higher education during fiscal year 2021 remained approximately the same as the last fiscal year, according to the last report of Financing of the higher education of the vine.

Total State support for higher education fired by 0.3 percent to $ 96.7 billion in fiscal year 2021, which began on July 1, 2020 and will end on June 30, 2021 . Without federal dollars, direct state funding levels would do so decreased by 1.3 percent this fiscal year.

"The results suggest that the budgets have not been destroyed as we feared that they could be for the pandemic," said Jim Applegate, a visiting professor at the center of Illinois State University. For the study of the Educational Policy and the Grapevine Report Editor. "Part of the reason for that is that the federal government intensified."

The annual report, a collaboration effort between the Center for the Study of Education Policy in Illinois State and the Association of Executive Officers of Higher Education of the State, look at the Higher Education credits of the State for The current fiscal year. The vine data is not adjusted for inflation.

This year, funding totals include federal dollars sent to States as part of the Governor's Emergency Education Aid Aid Fund who were assigned for higher education. It does not include the money sent directly to universities and universities, nor includes federal assistance from the December stimulus package or the recent $ 1.9 billion relief invoice.

The national average diverged a six-year trend of a six-year trend increases the most substantial state funding. In both fiscal years 2019 and 2020, the financing of higher education of the State increased one year over the year by 4.4 percent.

While the averages of the Board look better than experts predicted at the beginning of the pandemic, they do not say it all history for many states, said Paul N. Friga, professor of clinical associated strategy of The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and leader of the strategic transformation of the Public Higher Education Practice Area for the Association of University and Colleges Management Boards.

Twenty-six States reported that the decrease in state funding was reported in fiscal year 2021, and 21 States reported that the decreases even after federal assistance, States of the report of the vine. Nevada, Alaska and California reported on the largest decreases, with state credits that fell 17.8 percent, 10.5 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively. California has plans to restore part of that funding in the next fiscal year, but Nevada is looking at more cuts. Alaska has fought for years to support public higher education. Mike Dunleavy, the Governor of Alaska, in 2019, cut $ 70 million from the System budget of Alaska University over a period of three years.

"This data suggests a better scenario for ED superior than the case may have been when considering the significant negative impact that States have had to deal with," Friga said. "It does not change the fact that for 21 states, they are dealing with decreases in credits and, in some cases, significant amounts". "

Colorado was also highlighted in the data. The direct financing of the State for higher education decreased by 45.3 percent in fiscal year 2021, but that fall was cushioned by federal assistance. After adding Federal support, Colorado's state financing levels only slid at 3.8 percent.

The report operates financing for seven called megartos, which represent more than half of the funding of higher education in The United States. Son California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, New York and Texas. Megartos reported a general decrease in 2.1 percent funding in fiscal year 2021, according to the report. < P> Some States reported that increases in higher education funds in 2021. Washington increased its higher education.

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