Federal and state higher education expenditures have changed since the recession.

higher-fundingFor the first time in decades, the federal government is sending about the same amount of money to colleges and universities as do the states that support them, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trust.

The change in funding levels was driven largely by the recession, when states slashed higher education funding to balance budgets and more people headed back to school, pushing the federal government to spend more on financial aid.

The findings come as some states,...

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