The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system approved a $1.97 billion budget Wednesday that raises tuition by an average of 3.7 percent for two-year colleges and 4.8 percent percent for four-year universities.
One member of the Board of Trustees voted against the budget.
Like at the University of Minnesota, the operating budget assumes funding that is not yet set. It is based on the higher education spending bill approved by the GOP-led Legislature but vetoed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
That bill would cut Mn-SCU's state funding by 10.7 percent -- to $540.5 million. That's 14.3 less than the forecast base. Such a reduction would necessitate deep cuts to programs and faculty, campus presidents have warned.
The average tuition at the system's 25 two-year colleges will be $4,644 -- up 3.7 percent. That's more than the 3 percent cap approved by the Legislature.
Tuition at the four-year universities averages $6,497 -- up 4.8 percent. That falls below the Legislature's 5 percent cap for four-year schools.