Higher Education Funding

Higher Education

    • In 2011 the legislature cut state aid by $50 million, 50%.
    • Tuition had increased annually for 22 years.
    • Students paid the highest costs in the country.
    • To avoid greater increases, wages and hiring were frozen and hundreds of positions were cut.
    • The state contributed less than 7 percent of the university system’s overall budget, the lowest rate in the country.
    •  State-funded scholarship programs were also been cut. NH graduates now left school with the nation’s highest debt load, more than $6,000 higher than the $25,250 national average.

The 2013 House budget

    • Restores funding to higher education and community colleges
    • Increases the amount to be distributed to colleges and universities under theUNIQUE endowment allocation program.
    • Establishes a community college system health benefit fund.
    • Establishes a needs-based scholarship program.
    • Maintains current levels of funding for both public schools and charter schools.
    • Repeals the education tax credit against the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax.
    • Suspends school building aid or alternative school building aid grants for new projects for one year, but provides a waiver for life safety purposes.
    • Establishes certain procedures for special meetings regarding education funding.
    • Supports the New Hampshire Leadership Program at the university of New Hampshire.


  • NH has the highest average student debt in the US.
  • NH contributes the least per capita, to the education of its college students.
  • The University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees is hoping to extend the tuition freeze another two years, meaning those who just finished their freshmen years at the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and Plymouth State University and Granite State College could pay the same tuition for their entire college careers.
  • At $30,000, UNH’s in-state tuition is equal to the average of the nation’s private colleges, while Keene State College costs more for local residents than other states charge out-of-staters.

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