The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall
Funding Student Outcomes

The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall

Revenue sources examined

Posted: Oct. 7, 2020
Author(s): Victoria Yuen
Organization(s): Center for American Progress

Community colleges play a crucial role in American higher education. As affordable alternatives to four-year universities, they offer a vital pathway to a four-year degree, as well as career and vocational training. Because these colleges also disproportionately serve low-income students and students of color, they are engines of opportunity supporting social mobility and the health of the U.S. economy. This report offers a closer look at the revenue gaps between community colleges and public four-year institutions. The study, which reveals significant inequities, underscores the need for reform.