Minnesota House Approves New Higher Education Budget
The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a new higher education budget that would freeze tuition for two years at the state’s public colleges and universities.
More than 200,000 students currently enrolled at Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota State systems will not pay one penny more in tuition, according to a news release.
By freezing tuition for Minnesota students at all of the state’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities, the budget will increase financial support for working families by investing $35.4 million in the state grant program.
The new higher education budget would also reduce debt, make college more affordable, and expand opportunities for low-income and nontraditional students. According to the U.S Department of Education, there are currently 775,000 Minnesotans who student debt totaling $27.1 billion.