Florida colleges increasingly depended on tuitions for funding over last 25 years

As a share of higher-education appropriations, tuition funds at Florida universities and colleges went from 23.6 percent in 1992 to 33.5 percent last year, according to a recent analysis by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

Educational appropriations to higher education in the state declined slightly in constant dollars over the past quarter-century, going from $6,799 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student in 1992 to $6,484 last year. Over the same time period, net tuition per full-time student went from $2,104 to $3,271, according to the SHEEO data.

The analysis defines education appropriations as 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.

It also defines the “student share” of educational appropriations as net tuition as a proportion of total education revenues. Total education revenues are defined as educational appropriations plus net tuition dollars 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.

College students’ share of education appropriations in Florida

Fiscal Year  Net Public FTE Enrollment Educational Appropriations per FTE, Constant Dollars Net Tuition per FTE, Constant Dollars Student Share
1992   386,611 $6,799 $2,104 23.6%
1993   391,434 $6,494 $2,269 25.9%
1994   396,520 $6,584 $2,327 26.1%
1995   403,791 $6,866 $2,083 23.3%
1996   406,122 $7,006 $2,046 22.6%
1997   402,441 $7,709 $2,162 21.9%
1998   403,535 $8,062 $2,328 22.4%
1999   395,610 $8,158 $2,890 26.2%
2000   404,417 $8,604 $2,808 24.6%
2001   420,957 $9,385 $3,551 27.5%
2002   442,010 $8,534 $3,675 30.1%
2003   476,654 $8,127 $3,600 30.7%
2004   499,972 $7,453 $2,918 28.1%
2005   504,657 $8,130 $2,278 21.9%
2006   507,927 $8,262 $2,255 21.4%
2007   518,086 $8,951 $2,174 19.5%
2008   540,784 $8,468 $2,292 21.3%
2009   564,963 $7,298 $1,817 19.9%
2010   607,246 $6,435 $2,280 26.2%
2011   636,320 $6,250 $2,738 30.5%
2012   641,446 $5,273 $3,037 36.5%
2013   619,179 $4,863 $3,339 40.7%
2014   608,226 $5,775 $3,330 36.6%
2015   601,198 $6,157 $3,358 35.3%
2016   598,660 $6,312 $3,352 34.7%
2017   597,293 $6,484 $3,271 33.5%

Source: 2017 SHEF Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers

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