In the last biennium, legislative leaders committed to investing in the state’s higher education system enough to freeze tuition at the University of Minnesota (U of M) and for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Both systems want to build on successes of the last two years. However, unlike the recent two-year freeze, any proposal regarding stopping tuition from increasing may require a different approach.
The U of M requested $65.2 million for a FY2016-2017 tuition freeze. Additionally, MnSCU has requested $72 million for both years to fund a freeze. Both systems noted that without the increased funding for the freeze, each may have to raise tuition about 3%.
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