U.S. Census Surveys of State and Local Government Finances

DATE: September 5, 2017

AUTHOR: Aaron Fernandes


The U.S. Census collects information from state and local governments on major categories of revenue and expenditure, including higher education. Higher education expenditures include a separate category for capital outlay. The flat file includes more detail than the summary tables.

Overview link:


Data link:

Click on State Government Finances or State & Local Government Finances, then access the flat file or public use data file.

Best for:

Analysis of state and local funding trends, comparing higher education finance to other categories.

Not as good for:

Disaggregating by sector, institution, or student type.


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