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Adjusted for inflation, has the average government funding for each college student increased or decreased over the past decade?

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Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and certain media outlets are blaming steep rises in college tuition on reduced government funding for higher education. However, inflation-adjusted government funding for each college student is currently at an all-time high, has grown by 21% since 2008, and has nearly tripled since 1960. Tuition has risen primarily because colleges are spending much more money per student, even though academic time investment by full-time college students declined from an average of 40 hours per week in 1961 to 27 hours per week in 2003.

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