The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 17, 2013

Minn. Senate backs U of M, MNSCU tuition freezes


The Mankato Free Press

---- — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that freezes tuition rates at the state's public colleges and universities for the next two years.

The Senate and House passed the higher education budget Friday with bipartisan support. It includes a $250 million spending increase, with more than half the increase going to pay for the tuition freezes at University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses.

The bill includes new money to increase the number of students who get state grants to help pay for college. It also makes children of immigrants who are undocumented eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

Republicans who voted against the bill say the University of Minnesota hasn't demonstrated responsible use of taxpayer dollars.