A new community college grant program proposed by MN House Democrats would cover tuition for Minnesotans of certain income levels. Read the full story here.
Supporters of the free community college proposal say it could help alleviate workforce shortages and boost enrollment at Minnesota's higher education institutions. Enrollment at the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State system decreased 12% between 2019-2021 amid the pandemic.
"By making them free, that's going to help us get more people into both community college and eventually into the four-year universities," said Mike Dean, executive director of the community college student association LeadMN.