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Bucking National Trend, W.Va. Continues to Cut Higher Ed Funding

May 2, 2014

Charleston Gazette – While almost every state in the country slashed spending on higher education during the recent recession, West Virginia is one of the only states continuing to cut funding to its public colleges and universities, a new report shows. Read

From last fiscal year to this fiscal year, West Virginia cut more in state funding for higher education than any other state besides Wyoming, the report, from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, shows.

After adjusting for inflation, West Virginia cut spending on higher education by 4.7 percent per student, or about $330 per student, the report found.

Only eight states cut funding for colleges and universities, while the rest began to reinstate some of the funding lost since the recession that began in 2008.