Arizona universities have posted the largest tuition increases in the nation since the start of the recession, with the $5,355 increase per student more than twice the national average, according to a recent national survey, that blames much of the increase on cuts to state support for higher ed.
“Along with the higher tuition, the report said Arizona also saw some of the steepest cuts in state support for higher education since 2008. The 55.7 percent reduction in state support, adjusted for inflation, was highest in the nation and the $3,742-per-student cut it represents was fourth-highest.”
Our state will not attract high paying employers if we cannot provide a skilled, educated work force. We need permanent, sustainable funding for public education from pre-K through higher education.