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Mapping Higher Education Attainment in America

The State Policy Map displays state-specific data on particular themes that show how states are advancing policy and practice to increase higher education attainment.

In June and July, the Strategy Labs map highlights data from the SHEEO SHEF report on how the 50 states are financing postsecondary attainment.
View 50 state data on student share of total education revenue

 

Financing for Attainment
  • 25-year percentage point change in student share of total state higher education revenue at or below the national average (23%)
  • 25-year percentage point change in student share of total state higher education revenue above the national average (23%)
Denotes Strategy Labs Network State

Alaska

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 13% | 2014: 26%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 13%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Alaska

36.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Alabama

33.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Alabama

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 28% | 2014: 66%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 38%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Arkansas

28.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Arkansas

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 27% | 2014: 42%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 15%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Arizona

36.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Arizona’s Goal: Increase the percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees to 29-30% by 2020

Arizona

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 27% | 2014: 57%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 31%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

California

39.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

California

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 10% | 2014: 22%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 12%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Colorado

47.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Colorado’s Goal: 66% of adults (ages 25-34) by 2025

Colorado

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 42% | 2014: 73%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 31%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Connecticut

47.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Connecticut

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 20% | 2014: 52%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 32%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Delaware

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 46% | 2014: 73%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 28%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Delaware

39.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Florida

38.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Florida

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 17% | 2014: 35%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 18%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Georgia

37.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Georgia’s Goal: 60% of young adults by 2020

Georgia

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 22% | 2014: 38%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 16%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Hawaii

44.3%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Hawaii’s Goal: 55% by 2025, increasing degree attainment at the University of Hawaii by 6-9% each year

Hawaii

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 9% | 2014: 34%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 25%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Iowa

41.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Iowa

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 32% | 2014: 60%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 29%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Idaho

36.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Idaho’s Goal: 60% of 25-34 year olds having a college degree or certificate by 2020

Idaho

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 13% | 2014: 38%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 24%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Illinois

43.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Illinois’ Goal: 60% by 2025

Illinois

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 22% | 2014: 36%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 14%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Indiana

34.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Indiana’s Goal: 60% by 2025

Indiana

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 34%  |  2014: 57%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 23%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Kansas

41.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Kansas’ Goal: 60% by 2020

Kansas

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 25% | 2014: 51%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 26%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Kentucky

32.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Kentucky’s Goal: 37% of adults ages 25-54 with an associate’s or higher by 2020

Kentucky

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 27%  |  2014: 48%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 21%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Louisiana

29.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Louisiana’s Goal: 42% by 2025, with an annual growth rate of 7.2%

Louisiana

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 39% | 2014: 45%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 6%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Massachusetts

51.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Massachusetts’ Goal: 60% by 2020

Massachusetts

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 22% | 2014: 45%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 23%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Maryland

46.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Maryland’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Maryland

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 29% | 2014: 50%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 21%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Maine

39.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Maine

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 22% | 2014: 57%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 35%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Michigan

38.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Michigan’s Goal: 60% by 2025

Michigan

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 38% | 2014: 70%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 32%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Minnesota

48.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Minnesota

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 24% | 2014: 57%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 33%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Missouri

38.2%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Missouri’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Missouri

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 30% | 2014: 51%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 21%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Mississippi

30.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Mississippi’s Goal: National average by 2025

Mississippi

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 30% | 2014: 40%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 10%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Montana

39.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Montana’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Montana

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 19% | 2014: 53%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 34%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

North Carolina

39.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
N. Carolina’s Goal: 37% by 2025

North Carolina

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 14% | 2014: 34%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 19%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

North Dakota

45.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

North Dakota

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 34% | 2014: 46%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 12%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Nebraska

43.2%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Nebraska

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 27% | 2014: 41%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 14%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

New Hampshire

46.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
New Hampshire’s Goal: 65% by 2025

New Hampshire

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 55% | 2014: 81%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 25%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

New Jersey

46.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New Jersey

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 21% | 2014: 59%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 38%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

New Mexico

34.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New Mexico

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 18% | 2014: 32%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 14%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Nevada

31.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Nevada

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 21% | 2014: 36%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 15%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

New York

46.0%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

New York

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 17% | 2014: 36%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 20%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Ohio

37.5%

College Attainment Among Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Ohio

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 38% | 2014: 63%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 25%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Oklahoma

32.7%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Oklahoma

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 23% | 2014: 43%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 20%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Oregon

40.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Oregon’s Goal40-40-20% by 2025

Oregon

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 26% | 2014: 61%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 35%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Pennsylvania

40.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Pennsylvania

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 41% | 2014: 72%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 31%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Rhode Island

43.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Rhode Island

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 32% | 2014: 70%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 38%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

South Carolina

36.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
S. Carolina’s Goal: 29% with a bachelor’s degree by 2030

South Carolina

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 29% | 2014: 67%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 37%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

South Dakota

41.9%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

South Dakota

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 37% | 2014: 67%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 37%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Tennessee

33.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Tennessee’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Tennessee

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 24% | 2014: 47%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 23%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Texas

35.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Texas’ Goal: 60% by 2036

Texas

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 25% | 2014: 39%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 14%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Utah

41.6%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Utah’s Goal: 66% by 2020

Utah

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 23% | 2014: 47%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 24%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Virginia

46.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Virginia’s Goal: 55% by 2025

Virginia

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 31% | 2014: 62%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 31%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Vermont

45.5%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Vermont’s Goal: 60% by 2020

Vermont

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 61% | 2014: 85%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 24%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Washington

43.8%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025
Washington’s Goal: 70% by 2023

Washington

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 20% | 2014: 48%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 28%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Wisconsin

41.1%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Wisconsin

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 31% | 2014: 48%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 18%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

West Virginia

28.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

West Virginia

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 29% | 2014: 60%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 32%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

Wyoming

39.4%

College Attainment Among
Adults Ages 25-64

National Goal: 60% by 2025

Wyoming

Student Share of Total Education Revenue

1989: 12% | 2014: 15%
25-Year Percentage Point Change in Student Share: 3%

50 State Data on Higher Education Finance Revenue

State Attainment Data

State Policy Agenda

The State Policy Agenda is designed for state leaders as a guidepost to increase higher education attainment and reach Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  It includes three core elements.  Under each are a set of specific evidence-based policy recommendations.

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Improve student outcomes

Reorienting and expanding the nation’s higher education system around student outcomes is a key step toward increasing postsecondary degree attainment among our working age population.

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Align investments

Systems of higher education are being asked to serve more students and to ensure their success with fewer resources. To succeed, states will need to rethink how they allocate resources to both institutions and students.

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Create smarter pathways

States and their higher education systems and institutions need to create clearer and smarter pathways to degrees for traditional and nontraditional students alike.

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