Arizona State and Local Governments' Higher Education Expenditures Per Student Per $1,000 of Per Capita Personal Income as a Percentage of the National Average
Total public funding for higher education in Arizona in the typical year prior to the mid-1990s was 5% to 10% less than the national average. Since the mid-1990s, Arizona's spending relative to the rest of the country has dropped to around 15% below the national average. Spending is measured per pupil. The "per $1,000 of per capita income" measure automatically adjusts for inflation and per capita economic growth. The Census Bureau data are the public-sector totals, including any local government sources. The Census Bureau data include capital outlays and all other expenditures (current operations). The capital outlays line was not plotted since it is highly erratic.