There’s no simple takeaway here. But three broad types of problems emerge. Research universities are just spending too much. They’re spending so much that even their record increases in tuition can’t fully pay for it. Figuring out what’s going wrong with them entails figuring out why they’re spending so much, and why that spending has been growing.
But other public universities are, for the most part, just using tuition increases to replace money lost as states cut higher education spending. In the case of public community colleges, even their huge tuition increases aren’t enough to let spending remain constant. Even with higher prices, they still have to cut spending.
Source: Washington Post.