States spend less on education as costs rise


States are spending about $1,600 less per college student according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

Despite this decrease in spending, tuition is still increasing. Over the past decade, college tuition has increased 40 percent according to Educents, an education marketplace startup. 

Educents looked at tuition and fees costs starting in the 2006-2007 year and compared all 50 states including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Hawaii had the highest percentage increase at 113 percent while Montana had the lowest increase at 3.1 percent.

Educents CEO and co-founder, Kate Whiting, said students don’t seem surprised by these numbers.

“These numbers confirm what many students and families already know— that getting a good education can be more expensive than ever.”

Educents has provided people and news sites with an interactive map that shows tuition increment in each state.

Using this map, The Hawkeye discovered that Louisiana’s tuition has increased 99.6 percent over the past decade.