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New Report Cards Grade States On Investment In Higher Education

March 13, 2014

Contact: Colin Seeberger,, 214.223.2913

Young Invincibles Releases New State Report Cards Grading Investment In Higher Education

Release Comes on the Heels of Launch of Young Invincibles’ Student Impact Project, A Campaign to Empower Student Advocates Around Higher Education Reforms

[WASHINGTON]—Today, Young Invincibles released 50 report cards evaluating each state’s investment in higher education. The report cards evaluate states on a variety of factors, including tuition costs, spending per student, burden on families, state aid to students, and the proportion of state budget funding allocated towards higher education funding.

“Higher education budget cuts handicap not only students and their families, but the larger American economy,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of Young Invincibles. “Large tuition increases and declining financial aid have driven students into greater debt at a time they can least afford it. State legislators should act immediately to reprioritize higher education and make investment decisions that increase access to higher education, enhance financial security for this generation, and ultimately grow state economies.”

Today’s release follows the launch of Student Impact Project, a recent initiative by Young Invincibles that explores budget trends in all 50 states in higher education spending and empowers student activists to more effectively advocate for state policies that support college access, affordability, and success. Student financial aid and lending are heavily federal issues—but most direct taxpayer support for higher education is decided in state capitols.

Please find your state’s report card below.

Alabama * Alaska * ArizonaArkansas * CaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware * Florida * Georgia * Hawaii * Idaho * Illinois * Indiana * Iowa * Kansas * Kentucky * Louisiana * Maine * Maryland * Massachusetts * Michigan

MinnesotaMississippiMissouri * MontanaNebraska * Nevada * New Hampshire * New Jersey * New Mexico * New York * North Carolina * North Dakota * Ohio * Oklahoma * Oregon * Pennsylvania * Rhode Island * South Carolina * South Dakota * Tennessee * Texas * Utah * Vermont * Virginia * Washington * West Virginia * Wisconsin * Wyoming

Young Invincibles’ Student Impact Project is currently working with students in a variety of states, including Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.


Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.