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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Impact on Higher Education

Check on how the new economic recovery bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) affects higher education institutions, students, faculty and staff.  See the power-point (4MB) from the March 17, 2009 webinar by NEA’s Education Policy and Practice Director, Joel Packer.

The following reports from severalNEA Almanac of Higher Educationpublications shed light on the issues of higher education finance:



Long, Bridget T. "The Impact of Higher Education Tax Credits for Higher Education Expenses", Working Paper 9553, National Bureau of Economic Research, March 2003. This study concludes that access to higher education did not improve and the tax credit facilitated tuition increases. Read our summary of this report.

Visit the news archive for headlines on the fiscal crisis in higher education.

  • Research Center Update
    This report explains how the ability of most public colleges to hold down tuition costs is directly related to the state funding they receive.