Governor Walz's budget proposal includes a number of items to bolster funding at Minnesota's higher education institutions. The plan would create a college application fee waiver program, expand some state grant programs, fund new scholarships at the University of Minnesota and freeze tuition at colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system, among other things. Read the full article here.

Axel Kylander, president of the community college student association LeadMN, urged lawmakers to consider paying for a tuition cut at Minnesota State's 30 community and technical colleges. LeadMN's requested tuition cut of nearly 17% would cost $125 million.

"A tuition cut like this has never been done in a community and technical college system and could have an outsized impact on enrollment and our future workforce," Kylander said.

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