Dayton signs state college and university tuition freeze
May 24, 2013 — 8:58pm
Undergraduate tuition will be frozen for two years at Minnesota colleges and universities under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Undergraduate, resident tuition at both the University of Minnesota and in the Minnesota State College and University system will be frozen beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, according to the bill sponsor, Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka. The freeze will continue in the 2014-15 academic year.
The higher-education bill, part of the DFL government's education initiative in the 2013 legislative session, includes a boost of $46 million for the State Grant program, which students can use for their choice of higher education programs.
The total increase in funding in the bill is $250 million.
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
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