Revenues for higher education in Louisiana rose nearly 141 percent in last 25 years

Total revenues going to Louisiana universities and colleges reached more than $1.6 billion in 2017, a 140.9 percent increase over what they were a quarter-century ago, according to a recent analysis by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

Government appropriations to higher education in the state went up 82.2 percent over the same time period, reaching $783 million last year, while net tuition revenues rose nearly 247.1 percent between 1992 and 2017.

Education appropriations refer to state and local support for higher ed, as well as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds and special-purpose, research and medical appropriations.

Total education revenue is defined as educational appropriations plus net tuition minus tuition allocations for capital projects or debt service.

SHEEO is a national association made up of executives of statewide higher education policy boards. It advocates for public policies that increase students’ access to higher educational opportunities.

25-year trends in Louisiana higher education funding 

FY  State Support for Public Higher Education including ARRA  Educational Appropriations  Net Tuition  Tuition Revenue used for Capital or Debt Service  Total Educational Revenues
1992  $ 587,300,000  $ 429,800,000  $ 237,600,000  $ –  $ 667,400,000
1993  $ 575,700,000  $ 418,600,000  $ 269,400,000  $ –  $ 688,000,000
1994  $ 567,600,000  $ 444,700,000  $ 315,600,000  $ –  $ 760,300,000
1995  $ 589,600,000  $ 420,700,000  $ 314,700,000  $ –  $ 735,400,000
1996  $ 593,900,000  $ 433,400,000  $ 325,000,000  $ –  $ 758,400,000
1997  $ 645,900,000  $ 495,500,000  $ 330,600,000  $ –  $ 826,100,000
1998  $ 726,000,000  $ 545,300,000  $ 340,300,000  $ –  $ 885,600,000
1999  $ 942,742,597  $ 758,242,597  $ 354,000,000  $ –  $ 1,112,242,597
2000  $ 975,076,762  $ 785,439,755  $ 262,570,700  $ –  $ 1,048,010,455
2001  $ 995,020,964  $ 789,252,289  $ 281,940,713  $ –  $ 1,071,193,002
2002  $ 1,126,180,792  $ 892,170,826  $ 289,988,341  $ –  $ 1,182,159,167
2003  $ 1,181,487,845  $ 935,828,023  $ 318,119,057  $ –  $ 1,253,947,080
2004  $ 1,230,324,786  $ 925,480,367  $ 357,356,559  $ –  $ 1,282,836,926
2005  $ 1,273,028,888  $ 953,707,888  $ 364,239,362  $ –  $ 1,317,947,250
2006  $ 1,275,793,047  $ 953,377,039  $ 457,672,954  $ –  $ 1,411,049,993
2007  $ 1,445,096,584  $ 1,106,675,165  $ 438,968,999  $ –  $ 1,545,644,164
2008  $ 1,692,722,313  $ 1,284,529,009  $ 410,819,467  $ –  $ 1,695,348,476
2009  $ 1,690,817,752  $ 1,288,295,233  $ 401,886,698  $ –  $ 1,690,181,931
2010  $ 1,479,727,222  $ 1,174,964,909  $ 444,945,951  $ –  $ 1,619,910,860
2011  $ 1,568,350,033  $ 1,267,862,139  $ 465,338,841  $ –  $ 1,733,200,980
2012  $ 1,221,589,526  $ 936,655,401  $ 615,353,756  $ –  $ 1,552,009,157
2013  $ 1,157,599,416  $ 864,031,760  $ 672,197,554  $ –  $ 1,536,229,314
2014  $ 1,108,143,129  $ 845,140,930  $ 701,818,026  $ –  $ 1,546,958,956
2015  $ 1,101,847,943  $ 852,046,487  $ 747,428,900  $ –  $ 1,599,475,387
2016  $ 1,159,382,515  $ 849,511,882  $ 690,371,506  $ –  $ 1,539,883,388
2017  $ 1,068,069,675  $ 782,964,776  $ 824,761,210  $ –  $ 1,607,725,986

Source: 2017 SHEF Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers

This article was first published by Watchdog News.

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