Higher Education Conference Committee Report Moves to Floor

St. Paul, MN. – Today, the Senate and House higher education conference committee finalized legislation to provide $166 million in new funding for Minnesota’s higher education network. The bill includes new funding for both MnSCU and the University of Minnesota, $30 million for the U of M Medical School and strengthens the State Grant Program.

Chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) released the following statement on the final bill:

“We are pleased to present Minnesota students with new opportunities to attend college with no debt and a path for an immediate job in areas of high demand.”

Details of the final bill include the following provisions:

  • State Grant Program: Allows an increased number of Minnesota families and students to receive State Grants while also expanding access to college and university.
  • University of Minnesota: Approximately $53 million for the University of Minnesota, including $30 million to ensure the Medical School retains its national prominence and trains Minnesota’s next generation of medical professionals. $1 million to continue research into Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and $22 million to help keep tuition costs low.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: A robust investment of $100 million toward tuition relief for students.
  • MnSCU College Occupational Scholarship Pilot Program: Expands available scholarships for qualifying students in technical fields.
  • Earn While You Learn: Invests $3.4 million into grants for dual-education apprenticeship programs in high growth/strong demand sectors, letting students earn while they learn.

For more information about this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Terri Bonoff at 651-296-4314 or by email at sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn.

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Terri Bonoff represents District 44, which includes portions of Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

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