Utah’s Economy: Trends at Utah’s Universities and Colleges

Trends at Utah's Universities and CollegesOver the past 10 years, tuition at nearly every university and college in the state has doubled. The only exceptions are the College of Eastern Utah and Brigham Young University. This rapid increase in tuition costs is a serious issue, not only for students and their families, but also for the local and national economies. For most of the postwar period, higher education was made very affordable by the G.I. Bill, land-grant universities and junior colleges. The affordability of a college education played a major role in the increased level of educational attainment of Americans and the subsequent vast improvement in wages and the standards of living. Given the threat of rising tuition costs and the importance of higher education to our standard of living, it’s worth looking at recent trends in Utah’s higher education system.

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