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Senate GOP wants to use COVID funds to slash tuition at U, Minnesota State


GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

The University of Minnesota campus, pictured in April 2020.

Minnesota lawmakers are sparring over college affordability proposals as they race to pass a two-year state budget before the legislative session adjourns Monday.

Senate Republicans are pushing a 5% tuition cut in exchange for funding the Minnesota State college system and want the University of Minnesota to slash its tuition by 3%. House Democrats instead ask that Minnesota State keep its tuition flat and make no tuition ask of the U.

GOP lawmakers are not proposing extra funding to support the requested tuition cuts, arguing the U and Minnesota State should use federal COVID-19 relief money they received to pay for it.


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