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W.Va. Higher Education Could See More Funding Cuts

Kristi George
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new report released by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy shows the state’s cuts to Higher Education are among the worst in the country.

The report shows that funding for Higher Education in West Virginia has been cut considerably since the 2007-2008 school year.

Since then, the average tuition price of attending four-year public colleges in the state has risen by $2,135, or roughly 42 percent. The report says this is significantly faster than the growth in median income.

The report also found for the average student, federal and state aid has not kept pace with the rising costs.

The legislature has returned to Charleston this week to discuss ways to fill a $270 million budget gap for 2017. It’s unclear how much Higher Education may be cut again.

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