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Higher Education in 2021 and Beyond: The National Outlook

Higher Education in 2021 and Beyond: The National Outlook

Will 2021 witness a new relationship between the federal government and public colleges and universities? State budgets are currently strained by costs of Covid-19 and resulting loss of revenue from unemployment and residents’ decreased earnings. This suggests that higher education budgets could be cut substantially. Enrollment numbers of nonresident students may also continue to be reduced by travel problems. The federal government already works with colleges and universities via student financial aid, scientific research funding and via other programs. But without federal assistance, public higher education budgets could face a crisis. How will federal funding and policy change in the next few years?

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