Likely Rising Tuition Fees Have U Of M Students Upset

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Getting a degree from the University of Minnesota could cost students more next year.

The Board of Regents will vote on a plan to increase tuition at its meeting Monday.

In-state students would pay an extra five percent next year for tuition, which is about $244.

Out-of-state students would pay more than eight percent for tuition next year, which amounts to about $563.

These increases, however, would actually feel more like a 12 percent increase, because scholarship money, paid for by federal stimulus funds, has run out. Students will likely have to pick up that part of their tuition tab.

“I’m paying a lot for it. It seems unfair. It feels like I’m being cheated,” said junior Jory Sullivan, who’s majoring in business.

He and his buddy, Nicholas Ditto, who is also a junior at the University of Minnesota, say they’ll have to work harder to pay for their education.

“Well, not happy about it, but you got to pay what you got to pay,” Ditto said.

State aid to the university is getting cut by $71 million, so the university has to make up for the shortfall.

“You have to pay more for tuition because these state cuts are really taking a big bite out of the university’s budget,” said Robert Bruininks, president of the university. “If we want to keep the quality of education up for university students, we’re going to have to ask students to participate.

Bruininks says major expense cuts are helping save money.

Several faculty positions and non-teaching jobs have been eliminated, and there have been wage freezes too.

“We have really done an extraordinary job of driving cost down at the University of Minnesota hundreds of millions of dollars,” Bruininks said.

He said that students might see a refund next year. It would happen if the university gets more from the state than what it expects to get.

“It’s definitely a tough time, but when things get tough, you don’t give up. You keep going,” Sullivan said.

  • Spammy McSpamsalot

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  • Garry Freeman

    Evidently the regents are in no way going to cut salaries huh, better to pass it on to the students, so lets cut all aid to the state colleges and see what happens >:)

  • Will

    Does this affect the whole University of Minnesota or just the TC?

  • Chadders

    Evidently, some people can’t read as well. They are freezing the teacher’s wages. It isn’t all fallingon the students Garry. Besides, how aboutif your employer came to you tomorrow and said, “Well, due to budget we have to cut your salary by 5%. You wouldn’t be happy right? Why do it to these teachers then? I would rather have my salary frozen than take a cut in pay. My wife is a teacher and she didn’t get a raise last year and may not get one this year. We are just thankful she has a job and she didn’t get a cut in pay.

  • Dan

    It might help if the U of M cut back on construction for a while. When I went to school there 10 years ago, new buildings were going up and others being gutted and remodeled. I’ve visited campus on occasion since then and there always is still construction going on. Maybe they should cool it for a few years?

  • Bill

    Republicans want to keep everyone stupid!, If people educated themselves they’d see the fools for what they are!

  • Nicollet

    It’s quite clear we need to take up a collection for the coaches salary or they will move the U of MN to California.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Strange how for Centuries, Univerities didn’t need taxpayer funding, up until the last few decades.

    Students can take it up with the Professors who teach “Don’t Taze me bro-ology” and Anti-Bush Poetry 101.

    • Marie

      I guess that’s why relatively few people became educated in centuries past. Oh, the good ole days.

  • justin

    I still dont get how the top gets a pay raise and everyone else is sinking! so what is Minnesota’s drop out rate at this point?

  • Darren

    I paid for my own college through working a full time job the entire time I was going for a higher education. Remember this is a higher education, not a guaranteed education like K through 12 is. If you want to go to college, remember college is a business. They charge you to take a class. If you dont’ want to pay for college on your own their are alot of other options for you. Vocational School, Starting your own business, working a full time job, going into the military. There are also alot of companies that pay for you to go to college if you can get a job with them.

    Don’t blame the politicians on this one. Don’t blame the taxpayers on this one. Be an adult and pay for your own education like so many of us have had too do in the past.

    • Marie

      I learned in college that alot is actually two words (a lot). You must have missed that lecture.

  • John2

    EXCELLENT!! Keep higher education out of the reach for the middleclass and lower middle class! The Compassionate conservitive working well.

  • ToMN

    Another example of protecting the top 2% (many of whom are more than willing to kick in their fair share – but doesn’t fit the ideology of Republican operatives that we don’t even vote for) and forcing increases on to everyone. Pawlenty year 1 I paid about $400 per class (4yr degree part-time while working full-time) and post Pawlenty that’s about $600 per class. You figure the percent increase in cost due to education cuts. When I originally went to a MN Tech college for a 2yr degree program, first year tuition for MN students was free – just cost of room-and-board, second year was $2.00 (two dollars) per school day.

    Then educators became the bad guys. Middle class is doing so poorly due to the hugely inflated wages our teachers receive – or at least that’s what the Republicans would like us to think.

    Unfortunately, their plan of all cuts and more tax breaks to the rich and to corporations (which reduces state income) is like us going out and taking a job with a lower salary to fix our problems. I think most of us would agree that we are more likely to find a way to make additional income. But not these folks.

  • Mind Reader

    These kids should go to a community college first because it sounds like they can’t afford to go to the U of M. It’s simple math.

    If you really want to go to this college : Have a friend and family fundraiser, get a part-time job or borrow the money. Taxpayers shouldn’t pay any more money to able bodied people to attend college. Besides, the fact that taxpayer money is even used is increasing the overall cost of college becasue the schools call this “free money” then tack on the amount they were going to charge anyway.

    “Whenever you subsidize something, you get more of it”

    • Rico Suave

      Amen my brother. People are being trained to need government help at every turn. Then they cry when the government doesn’t come to their rescue. The entitlement class can’t wipe themselves without help. These people are in for a long miserable life of low self respect due to government hand-holding and help with their every need. They are the lost souls of liberalism. Stay thirsty my friends.

  • Rico Suave

    You’ll never see what the GOP could do with this economy if Dayton won’t sign any of the legislation they send him. They’ve done plenty. Dayton has done diddly. You couldn’t walk through the U of M without tripping over needless fat. They, like our state and federal government are morbidly obese. They could trim plenty and lower tuition if they wanted. But doing so would be an admission of their bloated budget and their addiction to blowing tax dollars. And they’ll never do that. Time for some tough love. Put em on a diet.

  • pat

    The Republican Party of Minnesota, who forced these cuts in programming and increases in tuition on the University, ought to be ashamed of themselves. Instead, Steve Sviggum and his ilk will gloat at the fine leadership they have shown. They are leading Minnesota to second class status in a second class counrty. All of their kids go to private colleges and have trust funds to pay their tuition. Why worry? Time for a change!

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