Higher education leaders marked their best year at the Utah Legislature since the recession hit, especially at Utah Valley University and other open-enrollment schools that will benefit from $50 million designed to equalize per-student funding across the state public system.
Overall, state money for colleges and universities grew by 11.2 percent, or $81.2 million, a large chunk of which will go to equity funding.
UVU now gets $2,997 in public money per student, the lowest amount in the state. Salt Lake Community College is a close second at $3,202. Compare that to the University of Utah's $6,744 per full-time student (though its research university status comes with costs).