Tuition freeze part of $1.9 billion MnSCU budget

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 8:18 PM

Most students will pay less next year thanks to new state funding and changes in a federal grant program.

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borisbadenovJun. 19, 13 8:35 PM

We have more public universities and state colleges than California and a fraction of their population. 1.9 billion dollars? Outrageous.

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unclemushyJun. 19, 13 8:44 PM

200,000 students (many are part time). That comes to $9500 per year per student.

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benleeJun. 20, 13 7:27 AM

The U held MN tax payers captive by not agreeing to the "freeze" UNLESS they received more tax dollar subsidies from the state. Dayton signed the bill giving the U an INCREASE of funding of $250 million tax payer dollars, but THAT is conveniently omitted from this piece. This is a prime example of why higher ed is unaffordable. The U said they would "freeze" tuition ONLY if they got increased tax dollar funding. So who picks up the tab for THAT? The U got their increase of $250 million, now they run around bragging up their "freeze"! The tuition freeze is only for 2 years, so expect the tax payers to be held captive once again if the U does not get their increased funding AGAIN in 2 years. Subsidies actually make the cost of higher ed go up: These annual tax dollar subsidies reward expensive education - make it more expensive- and then the government figures out how to subsidize it even deeper. It's just a reward-response cycle. With Dayton/DFL we see the status quo; the cost to students will never be reformed. (see Wall Street Journal Dec 28,2012). This 2 year freeze" on tuition in exchange for $250 million shows us the emphasis is NOT on reducing costs to the students, but on increasing them.

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elmore1Jun. 20, 1310:23 AM

This is putting a finger in the dike. We need massive college reform in Minnesota. Bailing out the colleges while they drag their feet to make major improvements is not resulting in positive change.

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