EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — May 18, 2016

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Show Me the Money! A Look at College Revenues


Higher Education is a half-trillion dollar business in the United States. That is big money. To put this in perspective, consider the following:

If you stack a half-trillion worth of $1,000 bills together:

This is big business. In the graphic below, EPI shows you where the money comes from (or from whence the money flows...).

The revenue collected by public, non-profit institutions dwarfs that of any other sector. Public non-profits brought in $328 billion in 2012-13, compared to $202 billion for private, non-profits, and $25 billion for private, for profit institutions. Some of the major differences between the sectors include:

SOURCE: Snyder, T.D., de Brey, C., and Dillow, S.A. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics 2014 (NCES 2016-006). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.Figures 17, 18, and 19.