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Postsecondary Funding


Postsecondary education funding from the state is used to support the operation, maintenance, and construction expenses of public colleges and universities, operation of tribal colleges, student financial aid, tuition subsidies, grants to fund student services, and research. Significant variations in state funding for higher education exist across the 50 states. Nationally, and in Minnesota, funding on a per student basis has declined since 1999 as a result of both state funding cuts and rising enrollment.

Special Reports

State Appropriations

Explore biennial budget information on Minnesota’s higher education budget

National Data

  • State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Report: The SHEF report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) displays key metrics related to funding and enrollment in public postsecondary education for all states.

  • Grapevine Report on State Fiscal Support for Higher Education: The Grapevine report on state support for higher education produced annually by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) in collaboration with Illinois State University Grapevine provides initial data on state tax support for higher education, including general fund appropriations for universities, colleges, community colleges, and state higher education agencies. 

  • IPEDS finance data from the National Center for Education Statistics contains key indicators on postsecondary education and provides context for understanding the resources and costs of providing postsecondary education.