BURDEN

Students Now Shoulder State Tuition

Once upon a time, public university students graduated almost scot free. But now states are shifting the debt onto enrollees, who are paying more in tuition as government funding drops, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. In the 1970s, states gave public colleges almost 75 percent of funding—in 2012, it was 23 percent. One major reason for this is the 2008 market collapse, which forced legislators to cut budgets.