U of Minnesota freezes tuition as part of 2014 operating budget

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2013 - 9:44 PM

For the first time in a generation, U regents approved a budget that freezes tuition for in-state undergrads. Graduate costs will increase.

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Opus2013Jun. 14, 1311:08 AM

Kaler is an illusionist. How can anyone take this seriously. He is "freezing" undergraduate tuition for a year by increasing undergraduate fees and raising tuition for graduate students -- all while increasing spending by more than $61,000,000. This guy is making Bruninks' failed tenure seem less obscene than it was.

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jurburJun. 14, 1311:16 AM

How can so many so-called bright expensive people simpy not get the picture here. Almost $40,000 a year for a first-year law student when there are no lawyer jobs? $8500 for room and board? That's $800 a month for a dorm room. Going to a high-cost, high aid model is the last thing the university should be doing. Stop the games and get serious about this school's costs. If the university's leaders and regents can not figure out how to stop the obscene tuition costs at this school the state legislature needs to find people who can.

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KJun. 14, 1311:47 AM

I'm a strong U supporter, but I have to agree that the fees are crazy. Costs are still going up, even if it's not technically tuition.

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Izzy96Jun. 14, 1311:58 AM

My daughter received all of a whooping $1000 Coca Cola Scholarship from the U of MN to "aid" her nearly $22,000 in tuition, room and board for the 2013-14 academic year. The UofMN official estimate is actually $25,000+ when factoring in book, laundry etc. That is my daughter with the 4.00+ GPA, 7 Advanced Placement classes, ACT of 32, All-State Scholar Athlete, Concert Choir, high-end volunteer for years all earned against high competition from Minnesota's 2nd ranked high school and #245 in the nation according to US News and World Report, and with divorced parents sporting an unemployed dad for the last 2 years and a mom working 2 jobs as a secretary and checkout at a local grocer both of whom would be considered asset poor. A grand. What kind of student is actually getting all this "high end aid"?

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wallwallJun. 14, 1312:12 PM

As taxpayers we are still paying to supposedly freeze tuition. While the University fills 50 more faulty jobs paid for by taxpayers money. You couldn't make this kind of stuff up. All we need now is a assistant to the assistant traveling secretary. Most companies do more with less these days not the state of Mn, they will smile as they go for our wallets.

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Opus2013Jun. 14, 1312:14 PM

At the U Law School, all of these individuals earn more than the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I will offer that Chief Justice Roberts is more accomplished than everyone on this list of publically-compensated state employees: (1. David Wippman (dean) – $396,247) (2. Michael Tonry – $379,440) (3. Susan Wolf – $379,239) (4. Ruth Okediji – $310,700) (5. Joan Howland – $306,180) (6. John Borrows – $295,000) (7. John Matheson – $284,040) (8. Claire Hill – $250,293) (9. Fred Morrison – $249,500) (10. David Weissbrodt – $248,541) -------- When Kaler talks about a "high-tuition" model, here is one of the reasons. Kaler should be fired but the problem is we have a Regents Board that couldn't conceive of such a thing.

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envy5000Jun. 14, 1312:18 PM

The high tuition, high aid model continues to move the oppertunity to attend the University further from the hands of the lower and middle classes. The State should moderately expand the size and scale of the MNSCU universities to decrease the end cost to students and increase real access to higher education.

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stpaul2011Jun. 14, 1312:50 PM

In other words...The Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota today voted to give the Admissions Office $2,000,000 for merit-aid, which will be used to recruit mostly wealthy students. In turn, voted to make most of the low-income students pay more than last year by giving them a $0 increase in need-based aid while raising fees and housing...not to mention increase in cost of living. These increases totally wiped out the small increase the State gave for grants.

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elmore1Jun. 14, 13 1:16 PM

The tuition "freeze" was funded as a bailout by the taxpayers. A "high tuition" strategy is at odds with what a land grant university should be doing. Rather than adding 50 jobs they should be eliminating hundreds. They have lost site of their basic mission.

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Izzy96Jun. 14, 13 1:23 PM

In addition, way too much emphasis on standardized tests such as ACT or SAT used to determine admission and financial aid. An ACT of 35 versus a 32 with near-exact GPA's, extra-curricular and volunteerism netted a young man a full-ride to the U of MN even though his parents are both big-buck attorneys. He turned it down because he wanted to go to Notre Dame with a partial scholarship. This kid was my daughter's AP Bio lab partner. A really nice kid and smart -- just like my daughter. Then you have my son -- "smarter" than both of these kids but who does not do well on standardized tests because they are timed. See stpaul2011 comment above about the U of MN essentially will "recruit mostly wealthy students" and provide them with the aid. The way aid is doled out is a sham. Are we really after a nation of students who do well on standardized tests and come from wealthy families? Joke.

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