Minnesota lawmakers agree on $100 million funding boost for colleges
June 10, 2021
Minnesota lawmakers have reached a higher education funding deal that would increase support to public colleges and universities by nearly $100 million over the next two years, establish an automatic college acceptance program for state high school seniors and create new grants for students who were raised in foster care.
State spending on higher education would total $3.5 billion over the next two years through the compromise, which was announced this week ahead of a special legislative session that is expected to start Monday. Lawmakers must pass a $52 billion state budget before July 1 to avoid a government shutdown; Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders reached a broad deal in May but are still piecing together spending details.
The higher education package is one of the first to emerge. The Minnesota State system of 30 community colleges and seven universities would receive a $56 million increase to its two-year appropriation. The University of Minnesota would get a $38 million funding bump for its five campuses.