39. Michigan > Annual higher ed. spending per student: $5,097 > 5-yr. chg.: -4.5% (8th smallest decrease) > Total public college enrollment: 392,275 (6th highest) > Tuition cost per student: $11,413 (3rd highest)
With nearly 39,000 undergraduates, Michigan State University is one of the largest public education institutions in the country. In total, there are 392,275 full-time students enrolled at public colleges and universities in Michigan, the sixth most of any state. Despite the importance of educational institutions in the state, Michigan invests only $5,097 in higher education annually per student, far less than in the majority of other states.