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In an age in which people are weighing the actual value of a college degree, here’s something to keep in mind: tuition at public universities is skyrocketing. Last year, the average cost jumped by a record 8.3%. Meanwhile, the average state funding per student fell about 9%, which is the biggest drop that number has taken since 1980, when the State Higher Education Executive Officers first started collecting that data. The point is, tuition is rising at about the same rate government funding is eroding. Probably just a coincidence …