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Oklahoma higher ed cuts worsen inequality, report says

Years of devastating funding cuts for higher education have led to significant increases in college tuition and a bigger burden on students to foot the bill, according to a national report released Thursday.

The report from the Center on Budget Policy Priorities found overall state funding for all public two-year and four-year colleges in 2018 was more than $6.6 billion below what it was before the Great Recession took hold a decade earlier, after adjusting for inflation.

States also paid an average of 13% less per college student between 2008 and 2018. Per-pupil funding in Oklahoma decreased by about $3,500 during that time — a 36% decline. Only five other states dropped by more than 30%.