The Minnesota State board of trustees has approved a state funding request for $25 million next year to fund a tuition freeze. Click here to read the full article.
Mike Dean, executive director of the community college student association LeadMN, urged lawmakers to take the system's request seriously. LeadMN just completed a survey of some 6,400 community college students, and about 42% reported they have thought about dropping out of school in the past six months. Many students cited emotional stress and "financial pressure" for why they had considered leaving, Dean said. "We need to make college more affordable, especially with the pandemic," Dean said. "I think this is an opportunity for legislators to support students."