Senator Ron Latz Introduces the Minnesota College Affordability Act
ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, has introduced the Minnesota College Affordability Act. This legislation will guarantee a tuition-free undergraduate public college and university education at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MNSCU) for Minnesota high school graduates whose families make less than $125,000 a year. The act makes both two- and four-year higher education programs tuition free for Minnesota families who qualify. After all existing grants are applied, the state will cover the remaining undergraduate tuition.
“Regardless of a young person’s economic background, all Minnesota students should have the opportunity to attend our public universities and pursue their educational goals. A college education is a necessity–it is no longer a luxury. We need to ramp up the investment in our young learners if we want our state to continue to be a national economic leader,” said Latz.
Latz continued, “too often we shy away from big ideas like this, fearful of taking a bold stance. I know Minnesotans believe that we, as a society, can and should provide those economic ladders for others. I know that when we do, they are climbed without delay. Our youngest generation shows great promise and ingenuity; we should not be hampering their potential with insurmountable debt.”
Co-authors of Senate File 156 are Sens. Kari Dziedzic, Greg Clausen, Kent Eken, and Erik Simonson, who represent the University of Minnesota system and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from around the state. Sen. Clausen is also the ranking DFL member on the Senate Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee.