Higher Education Works for New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s four-year public colleges and universities proudly graduate over 6,500 students into the workforce each year. These graduates are our engineers, nurses, teachers, farmers, law enforcement officials and business professionals. Our four USNH institutions award more than 50 percent of the four-year degrees earned annually in the state. In areas where there is great demand for skilled workers such as engineering, math, information sciences and biological and physical sciences, they play an even larger role by awarding 60 percent of the degrees conferred annually. In short, Higher education works for New Hampshire!
However, the State Legislature’s decision to cut the University System of New Hampshire appropriation by 49 percent for FY12 means that we now receive just 6 percent of our operating budgets from the state–the lowest level of support in the nation on a per capita basis.
It became clear during FY12 that in order to continue to make a true impact on our workforce and economy, these cuts would need to be restored. Legislative funding decisions drive the prices New Hampshire families pay for public college. In September 2012, USNH filed a formal request for state support in FY14 and FY15 that would equal the amount the system received in each of FY09–FY11. The request, if granted, would enable USNH institutions to keep tuition level for New Hampshire students and expand financial aid and other student support efforts to help keep costs down.
To learn more about the specific ways higher education works in NH communities, visit the following campus websites: