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Senate weighs free tuition program at Minnesota colleges


February 24, 2023

ST. PAUL — A proposal being considered by the Minnesota Legislature would provide a free college education for students attending state colleges and universities at the cost of around $315 million per year.

More than 58,000 students would be eligible for college grants under a new bill introduced this week by Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis. The free college grant program would cover the full cost of tuition and fees at state colleges for low- and middle-income students attending public and tribal institutions.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers say free tuition will help turn around declining enrollment, address racial disparities in higher education, and build a skilled workforce.


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