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Students in Minnesota State system likely face 3.5% tuition increase

The cost of student housing and meal plans will go up by more than usual next year — 3.7% on average, or $344.

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ST. PAUL -- Almost every Minnesota State college and university is expected to increase tuition by 3.5% next year, system officials said Tuesday.

Budgets aren’t due to the system office till next week, but Bill Maki, vice chancellor of finance and facilities, said almost every campus plans to raise tuition by the maximum allowed by the Legislature.

Leaders of the public higher education system asked lawmakers to pay for a tuition freeze next year, but Maki said there was little interest.

The 3.5% figure happens to match what University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel has proposed for the Twin Cities and Rochster campuses, while Duluth, Morris and Crookston want 1.75%. Unlike Minnesota State, the University of Minnesota’s tuition increases are not constrained by the Legislature.

Maki said the cost of student housing and meal plans will go up by more than usual next year — 3.7% on average, he said, or $344.

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The average annual cost of a 3.5% tuition hike would be $289 for Minnesota State universities and $185 for colleges.

Winona State University President Scott Olson told the Minnesota State Board of Trustees on Tuesday that next year’s incoming class is on track to be 15 percent larger. But prices are rising fast on library materials, he said, and the university is looking to increase wages for student workers so those jobs don’t go unfilled.

“Inflation is a big worry,” he said.

Joe Mulford, president of Pine Technical and Community College, said his school is “an expensive place” because it’s heavy on career and technical courses. Unlike other schools, Pine Tech’s enrollment has been strong, he said, but it hasn’t been enough to offset the rising cost of supplies.

Minnesota State system enrollment has fallen for 11 consecutive years. In just the last two years, its colleges have lost 13% of their students and universities 10%, Maki said.

In all, Minnesota State consists of 30 colleges and seven universities, with a total of 54 campuses throughout the state, according to the system’s website.

Here’s a list of Minnesota State system colleges and universities:

  • Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Hibbing Community College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Itasca Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Mesabi Range College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northland Community and Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • Pine Technical and Community College
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Saint Paul College
  • South Central College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College
  • Vermilion Community College
  • Winona State University

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