Minnesota State is raising tuition on students at its two-year colleges after holding costs flat over the last seven years.
The public higher education system’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday authorized 3% tuition hikes for its 30 colleges and six of its seven universities.
Student leaders lambasted the budget proposal, which was made public just hours before the Board of Trustees voted 10-3 to approve it. Full-time college students will pay an extra $144 next year and university students $231.
Minnesota State officials told lawmakers they’d need a $246 million increase in their biennial funding in order to avoid a tuition increase. Lawmakers awarded $81.5 million and capped tuition increases at 3%; only St. Cloud State University was approved for a higher increase.
Lawmakers have been relatively generous with Minnesota State in recent years. Next year, for the first time since the 2008 Great Recession, the system will rake in more revenue from state appropriators than from tuition-paying students.
Despite the tuition hikes, most low-income students at Minnesota State schools will see their net tuition costs shrink because federal Pell Grants increased and the Legislature last month poured another $18 million into the state grant program.