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What states spend the most on school funding?

The questing of school funding has worried me for a long time. I’m aware that important decisions have to be made soon enough. I don’t want to miss my chance for a decent education. Governmental and institutional funding for schools is a great benefit that I would like to receive. I know that the scales largely depend on the state you are studying in.

I’d like to get funding for courses in university. What are the requirements? And what states spend the most on students?

Thanks for your attention and help.

Megan Page

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Victoria Fowler on February 16, 2018

The funding of schools has been the concern of the public for a long time. Today, many initiatives and reforms are aimed at the development of the higher education aids.

The systems vary from state to state. However, the most common model is dividing the money between the state and local governments. The funding scales vary drastically from one part of the U.S. to another. There are several factors that explain such differences.

First of all, it all depends on the revenue. The largest spendings are done by the districts of the regions with high property values.

Another important factor are the expenses on teaching salaries. Thus, states that tend to hire more experienced professors with higher degrees spend less money on their students.

In general, the states with high cost of living spend more money on schools funding as well. Demographics are also an important factor. The math is quite simple: the more young people live in the state, the less it can give each student.

So, now we see why the school funding systems differ so greatly. On average, $11,009 is spent on public education per student. The number seems to be rather decent. But don’t forget that it’s the national statistics; some state spend less, others more.

The leading spender among the states in New York that provides about $20000 per a student each year. Right behind it are Alaska, District of Columbia, and New Jersey that fund from $17000 to $19000 per student. Looking at these four states, you may think that the courses funding in the country is top-notch. However, there is a huge gap between the top and the last states of the list. The last place goes to Utah that can afford only $6555 per student. This gap is the main problem that holds down the development of a functioning state funding system in the U.S. Can you imagine how many people are left without the proper education because of their low income? How are we planning to fight poverty when this problem exists?

Here is a detailed chart of all states that are ranked accordingly: http://www.governing.com/topics/education/gov-education-funding-states.html

I hope you can find something in the middle because those top funding states are usually filled with students. Thus, you have little chances to get any financial aid. Well, there are always loans that the government is eager to give. But they are really of no help.

Brian Warnera year ago

Yes, the gap in this chart is huge. However, I prefer to think positively and believe that the recent reforms will improve the situation and deal with the lack of money for schools.

Besides, there are always private lenders and charities that support students. It’s a pity that our society cannot fully rely on the government, but there are other options. Most school funding grants are meant for young students with poor income. The third-party scholarships are given not only for achievements but to people in need as well.

Yes, the tuition loans may be not as effective as grants and bursaries, but they give you the chance to study first and repay later. The only question is what would you prefer: working on a farm pitying yourself or studying and working hard for the chance to create the life of your dreams? I think this is the only question that should be important to you.


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