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Public Higher Education Funding Data

This page features historical data on state funding of public community colleges and universities in Oregon.

The primary sources of funding for community colleges are state funding, tuition revenue, and local property tax revenue, and the primary sources of funding for public universities are state funding, tuition revenue, and other funds. For both the public universities and community colleges, state support currently accounts for a minority of total revenue.

State funding for higher education comes from legislative appropriations of education and general funds and from debt service.

State Funding per Student FTE, Oregon Public Universities and Community Colleges

The amount of this funding for universities and community colleges over time is shown below as an average per FTE student. The first graph shows the financial investment in real-time dollars, while the second graph shows the same information adjusted for inflation (i.e., the value of earlier years’ appropriations in terms of 2015 dollars).

Graphic, Line graph, State investments in higher education per FTE in dollars not adjusted for inflation, 1993-2015Graphic, line graph, State investment in higher education per FTE in dollars adjusted for inflation, 1993-2015 

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Key National Reports on Public Funding of Higher Education

  • State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO): a report on key metrics related to funding and enrollment in public postsecondary education nationwide.
  • Grapevine Report, Center for the Student of Education Policy and State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO): a report on changes in state investment in higher education nationwide.​

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