ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tuition in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system would go up next year in the proposed budget that goes before the Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

The budget includes a maximum tuition rate increase of 4 percent for colleges and 5 percent for universities.

The average tuition for a full-time student in the system’s colleges would be $4,644 next year, an increase of $166 over the current year. In the universities, the proposed average tuition for a full-time student is $6,497, an increase of $299.

Because the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton haven’t yet worked out a state budget, the proposed MnSCU budget is based on the assumption the system will get $65 million less next year than it did in the fiscal year ending June 30.

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Comments (7)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    Minnesota has such great colleges and university, I’m sure the students will be willing to pay a little more.

  2. This happens everywhere all th time says:

    Tuition goes up every year so why should this be an exception? It’s going up everywhere, Minnesota is no different than other states regarding this matter.

  3. Carl says:

    Middle class incomes aren’t rising, but health care costs and property taxes are (thanks a lot MNGOP) so this does hurt working families.And most increases in college tuition are shifted to student loans so the families will incur more debt.

    Why are social conservatives so frightened by public education?

  4. okay.... says:

    Tuition is rising all over this country, even in states who *do* have a balanced budget without a shutdown threat. This happened when I was in college back in the mid 90’s. It goes up every year.

  5. Cache says:

    How about the ivory tower overpaid liberal No work “share the wealth” professors and upper management take a haircut on salaries????

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      Your are full of bologna, worse yet beans!! You don’t take into account the schools that take the non-traditional working adult students who are trying better themselves with education! You can’t compare the U of MN mentality with everyday MNSCU institution that pays its instructors[resident or adjunct] &/or tenured professors standardized average salaries.

      Also, MNSCU institutions have always had second fiddle when it comes to educational funding when compared to the U of MN! I rest my case.

  6. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    I realize I am echoing many of the other posters, but this happens every year all over the country. Balanced budget or not, this happens. I am not here to insult either party and place blame, just point out this happens every year.

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