On Thursday, Illinois state university presidents addressed an Illinois Senate committee to warn of peril if the state continues to cut higher education funding.

“Our tuition has doubled over the last several years at our institution as well as most others. We had to make up for that loss of state funds and these families just can’t afford it. The average family income in southern Illinois is $36,000 a year,” said Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard.

State’s public higher education funding has been on a steady decline, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. States have been kicking in less and less revenue to public institutions over time, putting more of a burden on students and their families, who now have to pay higher tuition costs to make up for the state’s decreasing funding.

Below, we take a look at the ten most drastic shifts in state support for Illinois public institutions, documenting the changes in the share of revenue from state support in 1987 to 2012.

Northern Illinois University

higher education funding

1987: 63.4% of revenue came from state support

2012: 49.6% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -13.8

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

higher education funding 2

1987: 42.3% of revenue came from state support

2012: 16.4% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -25.9

 

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

higher education funding 3

1987: 60.4% of revenue came from state support

2012: 31.8% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -28.5

 

Eastern Illinois University

higher education funding 3

1987: 58.5% of revenue came from state support

2012: 25.1% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -33.4

 

University of Illinois at Chicago

higher education funding 4

1987: 52.8% of revenue came from state support

2012: 16.9% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -35.9

 

Illinois State University

higher education funding 5

1987: 61.1% of revenue came from state support

2012: 24.9% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -26.2

 

Northeastern Illinois University

higher education funding 6

1987: 65.7% of revenue came from state support

2012: 26.0% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -39.8

 

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

higher education funding 6

1987: 67.9% of revenue came from state support

2012: 26.5% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -41.4

 

Governors State University

higher education funding 7

1987: 71.6% of revenue came from state support

2012: 28.8% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -42.8

 

University of Illinois at Springfield

higher education funding 8

1987: 83.0% of revenue came from state support

2012: 27.3% of revenue came from state support

Percent change: -55.7

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