What portion of all U.S. college spending on actual education (not dorms, food, administration, recreation, etc.) is now funded by taxpayers?
During 2019, U.S. federal, state and local governments spent $206 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 classrooms), public services (like informational conferences), and academic support (like libraries and information technology).