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Minnesota legislators and student groups push for free college


February 14, 2019

Mila Koumpilova - Star Tribune

Kayla Shelley, a St. Cloud State University student, spoke at a press conference in support of a bill that would make two years of college free. Frankie Becerra, who attends Century College and the University of Minnesota, and Aurin Chowdhury, a U student, also spoke.

State lawmakers and student leaders hailed a new proposal Wednesday that would make the first two years of tuition, fees and textbooks at Minnesota public colleges and universities free.

The bill's author, Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, and its supporters said they were unsure of its cost and suggested it's meant to start a key conversation about access to higher education. It is the second free-college legislation introduced this session, but it goes further than an earlier proposal in covering two years at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State system's seven universities as well as at community and technical colleges.


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