Lower State Tuition Does Not Just Help Wealthy Students

A report pushes back against the idea that state subsidies lowering tuition at public four-year universities disproportionately benefit students from wealthy families, reports Inside Higher Ed. The research, released under the Brookings Institution’s series of Evidence Speaks reports, finds appropriations from state and local governments used to offset educational costs at public institutions are smaller for students from higher-income families than for those with lower incomes. It also makes the case that low-income students are well represented across types of public four-year universities, including very selective universities, where they represent a quarter of enrollments — a far higher proportion than is the case at most elite private universities.