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

As a share of higher-education appropriations, tuition funds at Louisiana universities and colleges went from 35.6 percent in 1992 to 51.3 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 in constant dollars over the past quarter-century, going from $6,239 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student in 1992 to $4,892 last year. Over the same time period, net tuition per full-time student went from $3,449 to $5,153, 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 Louisiana

Fiscal Year  Net Public FTE Enrollment Educational Appropriations per FTE, Constant Dollars Net Tuition per FTE, Constant Dollars Student Share
1992   132,910 $6,239 $3,449 35.6%
1993   136,554 $5,721 $3,682 39.2%
1994   134,990 $5,976 $4,241 41.5%
1995   135,884 $5,467 $4,090 42.8%
1996   136,188 $5,477 $4,107 42.9%
1997   136,135 $6,113 $4,079 40.0%
1998   137,610 $6,472 $4,039 38.4%
1999   169,864 $7,099 $3,314 31.8%
2000   170,175 $7,070 $2,364 25.1%
2001   168,121 $6,916 $2,471 26.3%
2002   172,092 $7,416 $2,410 24.5%
2003   177,275 $7,314 $2,486 25.4%
2004   183,276 $6,767 $2,613 27.9%
2005   183,409 $6,743 $2,575 27.6%
2006   166,536 $7,194 $3,453 32.4%
2007   166,671 $8,057 $3,196 28.4%
2008   165,781 $9,134 $2,921 24.2%
2009   169,602 $8,814 $2,750 23.8%
2010   178,931 $7,508 $2,843 27.5%
2011   183,633 $7,729 $2,837 26.8%
2012   181,589 $5,672 $3,726 39.6%
2013   174,552 $5,347 $4,160 43.8%
2014   168,001 $5,324 $4,422 45.4%
2015   165,329 $5,364 $4,705 46.7%
2016   167,896 $5,173 $4,204 44.8%
2017   160,057 $4,892 $5,153 51.3%

Source: 2017 SHEF Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers

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