At a time when many states are slashing their higher education budgets, Minnesota, under Senate DFL leadership, continues to put our students first and invest in our colleges and universities. Just how is the Senate DFL investing in Minnesota’s students? The graphs below show our continued commitment to keeping tuition costs low, keeping college affordable and extending access to more students and families.

Almost 70% of new spending at the U of M is directed to keep tuition low for students. Additional investments are being made in the Medical School, to train the next generation of medical professionals and ensure that the school retains its national prominence.

Almost 96% of new funding for MnSCU is directed to help keep costs down and college affordable for Minnesota’s students.

More than 75% of new funding goes to helping students pay for school; this includes free two year technical school for low- and middle-income students in skilled fields and increased support for the state grant program, increasing the funding for 80,000 students and families while extending the grants to an additional 15,000 people.

RealTime Talent is bringing WorkFountain to Minnesota

Building on the success of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, Minnesota is taking another step in connecting employers and job seekers with today’s announcement that RealTime Talent has selected WorkFountain as the platform for a new kind of online labor exchange.This innovative online platform, which has found strong success in Michigan and Ohio, will bring a new level of connectivity that can reduce hiring bias, create faster matches, and ensure the best candidates get hired for the job.

Higher Education bills that did not pass

Tuition freeze at Minnesota colleges and universities In an effort to combat rising tuition prices and increasingly large student debt loads, legislation was heard proposing a tuition freeze and reduction at the U of M and MnSCU institutions. The bill asked for $85.5 million to be sent to the university systems in order to help […] Read more

U of M research standards examined

The Higher Education Committee heard testimony from the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) giving an update on their progress toward reforms in treating human subjects involved with research. More than 60 recommendations were made for the U of M’s practices. To address these issues, the U of M has created a Human Research Protection […] Read more

MN PIPELINE changes signed into law

Legislation making improvements to the MN PIPELINE Program were passed this year. The PIPELINE Program has provided nearly $500,000 in grants to 15 businesses across the state since passing last year, connecting students and businesses to meet demands in high-wage, high-demand industries. This legislation makes technical changes to provide more clarity to the program, and […] Read more