State colleges want $5 million more to keep tuition frozen, programs in place - Vermont Daily Chronicle

Vermont’s four state colleges - Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, and Northern Vermont University - need another $5 million in state funding to offset the historically low state funding that has VSC parents and students paying almost the highest tuition rates in the nation, college officials told lawmakers this morning.

““It’s a challenging time in the college and university game,” Chancellor Jeb Spaulding said. By May there will be four fewer private colleges in Vermont due to closings. Vermonters pay among the very highest tuitions for public colleges and universities in the country, directly due to bottom ranked State support – just 1.7% of state budget for higher ed, lowest in New England. By comparison, Vermont taxpayer funding of PK-12 education is about $19,000 per student, but just $4500 for public higher education.

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