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If all government funding to U.S. colleges and universities were used only for education (not administration, housing, etc.), what portion of all higher education would be funded by taxpayers?

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During 2017, federal, state and local governments spent $197 billion on higher education. This amounts to 80% of all spending by public and private colleges on functions that directly contribute to the education of students and the general public. This includes instruction (like teaching salaries and classroom maintenance), public services (like informational conferences), and academic support (like libraries and information technology). It doesn't include research (which government also funds but is not included in the figures above), student services (like recreation and cultural events), institutional support (like administration and advertising), auxiliary enterprises (like dorms and food), hospitals (which government also funds but are not included in the figures above), and other miscellaneous expenses.

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