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Gov. Tim Walz proposes automatic college acceptance for qualifying Minnesota high school seniors


February 2, 2021

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz answered a question from a reporter during a press conference to debut his state budget plan for the next two years Tuesday at the Department of Revenue building in St. Paul. ANTHONY SOUFFLE •

Qualifying Minnesota high school seniors would be automatically accepted into some local colleges and universities through a new admissions program Gov. Tim Walz wants to create as part of his budget plan.

Walz is also recommending the state invest $35 million in a new college grant program targeted to workers who were affected by the pandemic.

The proposals headline $150 million in new higher education spending included in Walz's two-year budget plan, which was unveiled last week. The Minnesota State college system would receive a $63.5 million boost to its state appropriation under Walz's budget proposal, while the University of Minnesota would get a $46.5 million increase.


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