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University of Minnesota eyes tuition-free program for students whose families make $50,000 or less


December 10, 2020

The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS)

University of Minnesota leaders are considering creating a tuition-free program as soon as next year for state students whose families make $50,000 or less annually.

The proposal, part of President Joan Gabel's strategic plan for the flagship university, will be discussed by the Board of Regents on Friday. It's similar to a plan from President-elect Joe Biden to make four-year public colleges tuition-free for students whose families earn $125,000 or less per year.

"It's tuition for free. So, if they have other expenses ... there could be other financial aid for that. But the part that we would guarantee in the program that we're working on is the tuition," Gabel said. The plan would apply to Minnesota students at the U's five campuses.


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