Indicator 18: Public Investment in Education
How Does Massachusetts Perform?
Massachusetts continues its above-average spending per pupil on public elementary and secondary school systems ($15,592 per student). Of the LTS, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey invest more per student than Massachusetts, which spends approximately $4,000 more per student than the national average.
In terms of higher education, appropriations per full-time-equivalent (FTE), student in Massachusetts ($6,334) is slightly above the LTS average ($5,985) but remains below the U.S. average ($7,116). In this measure Massachusetts places 6th among the LTS, when cost of living is taken into account, but 5th with unadjusted figures. The fall in ranking likely reflects the relatively high cost of living in the state, which leads to higher expenses for colleges and universities providing similar services as elsewhere, mostly in the form of higher wages.
Massachusetts’ state higher education appropriations per student ($6,334) have increased by 12.8% since 2011. North Carolina had the highest level of state higher education appropriations per student in 2016, leading the LTS at $8,750, 5.7% more than in 2011.