The Free Press, Mankato, MN

State, national news

June 20, 2013

Tuition freeze part of MnSCU budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has approved a budget that freezes tuition.

MnSCU's (MINN'-skews) $1.9 billion budget uses a state funding boost to hold next year's tuition to this year's rate. Fees will stay nearly flat.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/16MeiqA) reports combined, tuition and fees will average $7,344 at the seven state universities, just $3 more than last year. At Minnesota's public two-year colleges, the price tag will be $5,360.

More than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the MnSCU system.

The board of trustees unanimously approved the 2014 budget, which spends $61.9 million more than in 2013, a 3.4 percent increase. The plan includes a 2.6 percent compensation increase for faculty and staff. It pledges $22 million in reallocations.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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