Nevada Lawmakers Begin Discussion About Allocation Of Higher Ed Dollars

Friday, January 13, 2012
One front in Nevada’s ongoing civil war over the next year will be how the state divides money among its universities and community colleges. UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada are shortchanged by a combined $55 million every two years, a Southern Nevada lawmaker said Wednesday at the first meeting of a committee to discuss allocation of higher ed dollars. Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, said because unequal allocation of state funds Southern Nevada college students subsidize students at the state’s northern and rural campuses. UNLV students, for example, pay 48 percent of all tuition dollars in the state, but the campus only receives 34 percent of state funding.

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