However, the HEPC announced earlier this month that no cuts will be made to financial aid programs for students.
The HEPC estimates that it takes about 30 percent of the average West Virginia family income to pay a student's tuition.
West Virginia is supported less than most states when it comes to higher education, and the state has continued to shift more of the responsibility on students to pay their way over the past decade.
Ten years ago, the state provided about 60 cents on the dollar for tuition revenues, according to the HEPC. In 2012, the state gave 34 cents on the dollar. The country's average is about 50 cents on the dollar.
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