It’s worth driving this point into the ground endlessly: when a state is forced to make budget cuts to higher education programs, it’s often community colleges—whose students tend to be the ones most vulnerable to exiting higher ed—that suffer the most. Even when the percentages of cuts made to community versus four-year colleges look similar, think about how the two different sorts of institutions work:a 6.9 percent cut at Virginia’s Danville Community College will have a much more tangible impact on a greater number of students than an 8 percent cut at a college in the UV system.

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.