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Table 361. Current-fund expenditures and educational and general expenditures of institutions of higher education, by purpose and per student: Selected years, 1929–30 through 1995–96
Year Current-fund expenditures, by purpose (in thousands of current dollars) Educational and general expenditures per student in fall enrollment3 
Total Educational and general expenditures Auxiliary enterprises Indepen-dent opera-tions2  Hospitals Other current expen- ditures
Total Adminis-tration and general expense Instruction and depart-mental research Organized research Libraries Plant operation and main-tenance Organized activities related to instructional departments1  Extension and public service Scholar-ships and fellowships Other general expendi-tures
Current dollars Constant 2006–07 dollars4 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1929–30 $507,142 $377,903 $42,633 $221,598 $18,007 5  $9,622 $61,061 (6)   $24,982   (6) $3,127 (5) (7) $126,112 $343 $4,094
1939–40 674,688 521,990 62,827 280,248 27,266 5  19,487 69,612 $27,225 7  35,325   (6) 124,184 (5) (7) 28,514 349 5,103
1949–50 2,245,661 1,706,444 213,070 780,994 225,341 5  56,147 225,110 119,108 7  86,674   (6) 476,401 (5) (7) 62,816 698 6,016
1959–60 5,601,376 4,685,258 583,224 1,793,320 1,022,353 5  135,384 469,943 294,255 7  205,595   $172,050 $9,134 916,117 (5) (7) 1,287 8,943
1969–70 21,043,113 16,845,212 2,627,993 6,883,844 2,144,076   652,596 1,541,698 648,089   1,362,320 8  984,594 2,769,276 $757,388 $671,236 2,104 11,372
                                        
1974–75 35,057,563 27,547,620 4,495,391 11,797,823 3,132,132   1,001,868 2,786,768 1,253,824   1,097,788   1,449,542 532,485 4,073,590 1,085,590 2,350,763 2,694 10,620
1979–80 56,913,588 44,542,843 7,621,143 18,496,717 5,099,151   1,623,811 4,700,070 2,252,577   1,816,521   2,200,468 732,385 6,485,608 1,127,728 4,757,409 3,850 10,123
1980–81 64,052,938 50,073,805 8,681,513 20,733,166 5,657,719   1,759,784 5,350,310 2,513,502   2,057,770   2,504,525 815,516 7,288,089 1,257,934 5,433,111 4,139 9,755
1981–82 70,339,448 54,848,752 9,648,069 22,962,527 5,929,894   1,922,416 5,979,281 2,734,038   2,203,726   2,684,945 783,854 7,997,632 1,258,777 6,234,287 4,433 9,617
1982–83 75,935,749 58,929,218 10,412,233 24,673,293 6,265,280   2,039,671 6,391,596 3,047,220   2,320,478   2,922,897 856,548 8,614,316 1,406,126 6,986,089 4,742 9,864
                                        
1983–84 81,993,360 63,741,276 11,561,260 26,436,308 6,723,534   2,231,149 6,729,825 3,300,003   2,499,203   3,301,673 958,321 9,250,196 1,622,233 7,379,654 5,114 10,256
1984–85 89,951,263 70,061,324 12,765,452 28,777,183 7,551,892   2,361,793 7,345,482 3,712,460   2,861,095   3,670,355 1,015,613 10,012,248 1,867,550 8,010,141 5,723 11,046
1985–86 97,535,742 76,127,965 13,913,724 31,032,099 8,437,367   2,551,331 7,605,226 4,116,061   3,119,533   4,160,174 1,192,449 10,528,303 2,187,361 8,692,113 6,216 11,661
1986–87 105,763,557 82,955,555 15,060,576 33,711,146 9,352,309   2,441,184 7,819,032 5,134,267   3,448,453   4,776,100 1,212,488 11,037,333 2,597,655 9,173,014 6,635 12,176
1987–88 113,786,476 89,157,430 16,171,015 35,833,563 10,350,931   2,836,498 8,230,986 5,305,083   3,786,362   5,325,358 1,317,633 11,399,953 2,822,632 10,406,461 6,984 12,307
                                        
1988–89 123,867,184 96,803,377 17,309,956 38,812,690 11,432,170   3,009,870 8,739,895 5,894,409   4,227,323   5,918,666 1,458,397 12,280,063 2,958,962 11,824,782 7,415 12,490
1989–90 134,655,571 105,585,076 19,062,179 42,145,987 12,505,961   3,254,239 9,458,262 6,183,405   4,689,758   6,655,544 1,629,742 13,203,984 3,187,224 12,679,286 7,799 12,538
1990–91 146,087,836 114,139,901 20,751,966 45,496,117 13,444,040   3,343,892 10,062,581 6,706,881   5,076,177   7,551,184 1,707,063 14,272,247 3,349,824 14,325,865 8,260 12,591
1991–92 156,189,161 121,567,157 21,984,118 47,997,196 14,261,554   3,595,834 10,346,580 6,981,184   5,489,298   9,060,000 1,851,393 14,966,100 3,551,592 16,104,313 8,466 12,505
1992–93 165,241,040 128,977,968 23,414,977 50,340,914 15,291,309   3,684,852 10,783,727 7,388,118   5,935,095   10,148,373 1,990,603 15,561,508 3,651,891 17,049,672 8,903 12,751
                                        
1993–94 173,350,617 136,024,350 24,489,022 52,775,599 16,117,610   3,908,412 11,368,496 7,769,499   6,242,414   11,238,010 2,115,288 16,429,341 3,387,323 17,509,603 9,509 13,276
1994–95 182,968,610 144,158,002 25,904,821 55,719,707 17,109,541   4,165,761 11,745,905 8,112,930   6,691,485   12,285,328 2,422,524 17,204,917 3,534,332 18,071,359 10,096 13,703
1995–969  190,476,163 151,445,605 27,886,345 57,810,033 17,517,887   4,293,363 12,330,885 9,003,700   7,007,413   13,195,102 2,400,876 17,599,061 3,490,511 17,940,986 10,619 14,031
— Not available.
1 Academic support excluding expenditures for libraries.
2 Generally includes only those expenditures associated with federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).
3 Data for 1929–30 and 1939–40 are based on school-year enrollment.
4 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
5 Expenditures for federally funded research and development centers are included under "Organized research."
6 Included under "Other current expenditures."
7 Expenditures for hospitals included under "Organized activities related to instructional departments."
8 Includes other sponsored programs, which are separately budgeted programs, other than research, which are supported by spon­sors outside the institution.
9 Data for 1995–96 are for degree-granting institutions. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher Education classification, except that it includes some additional institutions, primarily 2-year colleges, and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not award associate's or higher degrees. (See Guide to Sources for details.)
NOTE: Institutions of higher education were accredited by an agency or association that was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or recognized directly by the Secretary of Education. The data in this table reflect limitations of data availability and com­parability. Major changes in data collection forms in 1965–66 and 1974–75 cause significant data comparability problems among the three mostly consistent time periods, 1929–30 to 1959–60, 1969–70, and 1974–75 to 1995–96. The largest problems affect Hospi­tals, Independent operations, Organized research, Other sponsored programs, Extension and public service, and Scholarships and fellowships. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1929–30 through 1959–60; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Financial Statistics of Institutions of Higher Education," 1969–70 through 1985–86; and 1986–87 through 1995–96 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Finance Survey" (IPEDS-F:FY87–96). (This table was prepared July 2007.)

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