Minnesota House Passes Higher Education Budget
Jennifer Lewerenz | May 1, 2019 AT 9:29 am
(KNSI) - 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.
St. Cloud Representative Dan Wolgamott spoke just after the budget was passed, saying "I'm really excited for the work that I've done to stop tuition increases for students at St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College. The burden of student debt is bad for students, it's bad for our whole economy.
Minnesota is ninth in the country when it comes to student loan debt.
The budget freezes tuition for two years at the state’s public colleges and universities, affecting more than 200,000 students currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State systems. It would also increase financial support for working families by investing an additional $35.4 million in the state grant program.
Wolgamott says the way its set up is unique.
"We're funding a tuition freeze in a way that helps students, but also funds universities, so that we don't have to make cuts to programs, and students can get the quality education that they deserve."
As a result of the budget, full-time students who benefit from that program will get on average, more than $400 per year more in financial assistance, and more than 6,000 Minnesotans will become eligible for the first time.