Debt-free college legislation introduced

Students and legislators joined together this week to unveil legislation that will provide two years of free tuition for low-income and middle-class families at Minnesota’s public colleges and universities. Eligibility applies to students with a family income of $125,000 or less, or an independent income of $75,000 or less. Eligible students must be a high school graduate, Minnesota resident, and are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

A 2019 report released by LeadMN, an organization representing the 180,000 two-year college students in Minnesota, found that there are not any affordable community or technical colleges in the state. In a time when Minnesota jobs are increasingly requiring a post-high school degree, education needs to become more accessible or businesses will build a workforce elsewhere. This legislation is a large step in combating that problem. (SF 1308)