Report: West Virginia, seven others cutting higher ed

CHARLESTON (AP) — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is reporting that West Virginia is one of eight states cutting higher education funding.

A study by the national nonprofit group says $1,600 less is available per West Virginia student in 2014 compared to 2006. That’s a 21.6 percent drop over eight years.

Only Wyoming made a bigger percentage cut in 2014 than West Virginia, which endured a 4.7 percent cut.

The numbers account for inflation.

Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Wyoming also cut funding in 2014.

The nonprofit reported that forty-eight states are spending less per student than before the recession. Alaska and North Dakota are doling out more.

The study says public colleges have made up for lost funding since the recession by increasing tuition and cutting spending.

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