Vermont Weak in Funding for Higher Ed
A new national ranking puts Vermont dead last in per-student funding at its one publicly supported research university.
The National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, says per-student state funding at the University of Vermont declined from $4,653 in 2002 to $3,482 in 2010.
But officials at the University of Vermont say the statistic might be skewed by the rapidly growing student body in recent years. The school has grown in the past decade from fewer than 8,000 undergraduates to more than 10,000 as of last year.
Most UVM students are from out of state, and pay $20,000 more in tuition than in-state students. That's seen as a boon to the university's finances.
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