Tuition increases in the state college and university system (Minnesota State) would be limited to three-and-a-half percent in each of the next two years — one of a number of important features in a compromise higher education funding bill the Minnesota House passed over the weekend and the Senate votes on next.  Lead D-F-L negotiator, Representative Connie Bernardy from New Brighton:

“This is really important for our students and our state, to help our students now get through this pandemic and to prosper in the future so they have economic security for themselves and their families.”

The bill also has incentives to encourage more people of color and Indigenous Minnesotans to enter the teaching profession.  A pilot program will focus on removing barriers to entering college for low-income students and students of color.  The bill funds mental health services for students, and there are emergency grants to meet students’ food, housing and transportation needs.