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Michigan Community Colleges Rolling In Dough

In the 2011-12 budget year, advocates for more spending on higher education were upset that then-Gov. Rick Snyder reduced state funding to Michigan's 30 community colleges. At the time, the state was still recovering from the previous decade's one-state recession and the nation’s Great Recession.

In that year, total funding for Michigan’s community colleges fell to $283.9 million, a $12 million reduction from 2010-11.

Since then, community college spending has increased every year. In the 2020-21 fiscal year, appropriations to Michigan community colleges set a record at $438.4 million. After adjusting for inflation, this is equivalent to $110.8 million more than the 2011-12 level.

In the current (2021-22) fiscal year, $431.4 million has been appropriated for Michigan’s community colleges. The data comes from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

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