The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall
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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.