Created: 05/05/2014 7:30 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new report shows the amount of money New Mexico spends per university student is dropping as tuition continues to rise.
The Santa Fe New Mexican says a study from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates per-student spending has declined by more than $4,500 since the start of the recession in 2008.
Meanwhile, tuition at four-year universities in the state has climbed more than 25 percent.
Education officials say all state programs have been hit with budget cuts in a proportional manner.
The study says the pressures of an economic downturn and increased enrollment in the last six years have forced states to scale back funding and depend on more tuition.
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