Appropriation vs. Tuition and Fees
as a Percent of the General Funds Budget
The percentage of Penn State's General Funds Budget supported by the state appropriation has eroded substantially over the last four decades. At the same time, the percentage supported by tuition has increased substantially. As shown in the graph below, appropriation and tuition have reversed positions in the share of the General Funds Budget each supports. In 1970-71, the appropriation supported 62 percent, and tuition 32 percent. In 2011-12, the appropriation contributed 14 percent, and tuition 78 percent.