Minnesota Legislature passes higher ed bill that includes free college tuition program


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

The new state program would cover public college tuition costs for students from families making under $80,000 a year.

Minnesota students whose families make less than $80,000 annually would no longer have to take on debt to cover public college tuition under a higher education spending bill passed by the Legislature.

The House passed the final higher education budget on Tuesday and the Senate signed off on it Wednesday afternoon, sending it to Gov. Tim Walz's desk. The free college tuition program included in the broader bill is now just a signature away from reality.

Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis, who pushed for the program's creation, described the bill as a crucial first step in a much larger effort to try to make college more accessible, especially for people of color and working families.



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