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Students covering larger share of costs

January 15, 2009

College and university students are covering more of what it costs to educate them, even as most universities are spending less on students, according to a new study.

The Delta Project study, based on data that colleges and universities report to the federal government, also found that the share of higher education budgets that goes to instruction has declined, while the portion spent on administrative costs has increased.

The Delta Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, seeks to increase college affordability by controlling costs, a goal it says can be accomplished without sacrificing quality. The study is an effort to look inside what researchers call the "black box of higher education" - the question of why it costs so much and where the money goes.

In 2006, the last year for which data is available, students at public colleges and research universities paid about half the cost of their education - defined as the cost of instruction, student services and a portion of spending on operations, support and maintenance. That is up about 10 percentage points since 2002.

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