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In order for the U.S. to remain competitive in the 21st-century economy, more individuals are going to need to earn workforce credentials and college degrees. At the same time, however, state governments have been facing financial challenges wrought by chronic structural budget deficits and rising Medicaid expenses, translating into reduced support for higher education. Instead, families now are hard-pressed to shoulder more of the burden of paying for higher education. The current system for financing higher education is broken and needs to be fixed.
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Public Higher Education, Issue Brief, Joni Finney, Institute for Research on Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Finney, Joni E., "Why the Finance Model for Public Higher Education is Broken and Must be Fixed" (2014). Wharton Public Policy Initiative Issue Briefs. 27.