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University of Minnesota to offer free or reduced tuition to Native American students

The tuition waiver program will start in fall 2022


November 2, 2021

The University of Minnesota will offer free or reduced tuition to many Native American students.

The University of Minnesota announced Monday it will offer free or reduced tuition to many Native American students attending its five campuses starting in fall 2022, expanding a cost waiver program it previously only offered at its Morris campus.

U leaders touted the new initiative as one of the nation's "most comprehensive free and reduced tuition programs" for Native American students. Incoming freshmen and tribal college transfer students who are enrolled members of one of Minnesota's 11 federally recognized tribal nations will be able to attend the university's Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester, Crookston and Morris campuses for free or reduced tuition, depending on their family income level.

"For 170 years, our University has focused attentively on the needs of all Minnesotans. Today we are taking a positive step forward in addressing the needs of Indigenous peoples with a history that predates this state and institution - a step I sincerely hope will have a lasting impact on Tribal communities," U President Joan Gabel said in a statement.


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