(St. Paul, MN)  —  Minnesota legislators have reached a higher education funding deal that will boost support to public colleges and universities by about 100-million-dollars.  The two-year plan also is designed to create an automatic college acceptance program for state high school seniors and provide new grants for students raised in foster care.  The Minnesota State system of 30 community colleges and seven universities will get a 56-million-dollar increase to its two-year appropriation.