|Getting an education costs a lot more than it used to.
Funding has been a major hurdle for the Montana University System, especially during the past decade. Costs
have rapidly outpaced state budgetary appropriations for higher education over the past
two decades and shifted the financial burden to students and their families.
During the 1990s, the state altered the way it funds higher
education, forcing tuition increases. Early in the decade, state funds accounted for about
70 percent of the support for UM's educational programs and about 45 percent of the total
budget. Today state funds contribute 20 percent of UM's total operating budget.