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Revenue Sources Overview
Funding Sources for Community Colleges and Philosophy of State Aid Funding:
The methods of funding community colleges across the nation are as varied and distinctive as each community college is to its service region. The community college history begins over 100 years ago as an educational structure unique to the United States. Resulting from a desire and a need to expand postsecondary education and training opportunities, local communities and regions opened junior colleges, vocational and technical schools, and trade schools in order to increase access to higher education and training. Each college and school was funded in a manner determined by the founding members. Some were funded through the local school districts; some were funded by the state; some were funded by a local tax levy; and some were funded by a combination of sources.
For more information on community college funding in the U.S., contact the Education Commission of the States and request the publication entitled "State Funding for Community Colleges: A 50-State Survey".
Education Commission of the States
707 17th St., Suite 2700
Denver, CO 80202-3427
History of Community College State Aid Distribution Formula:
Nebraska's Community College System was established in 1971 by the Legislature by combining the junior colleges, state vocational and technical colleges, and area trade schools into one unified system. This new system forged a new partnership among the local communities, the State of Nebraska, and the students of the institutions in order to finance the colleges. The underlying premise was that the local communities and the State would each provide 40 percent of the funding and that the students and other sources of revenue would provide the remaining 20 percent.
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