In a tearful testimony in front of lawmakers last week, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead student Matt Benjamin described his struggle to stay in school while supporting his family.
The University of Minnesota might see around a third or less of its biennial budget ask this legislative session, but not before student government representatives push for more.
While initial proposals by DFL Gov. Tim Walz fund a large part of the University of Minnesota’s infrastructure needs, lawmakers say the school might not be in a bonding bill at all.
A more robust state grant program took precedence over funding the University of Minnesota's ask in DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s biennial budget proposal last month, which officials say will help the state look to a more comprehensive approach to higher education.
Minnesota’s most recent budget forecast indicated an economic downturn, which could pose a challenge for the University of Minnesota’s state funding request, officials say.
Members of the Minnesota House and Senate created the United Black Legislative Caucus in early February with sights on increasing representation at the Capitol.
Qualifying University of Minnesota students could see their State Grant allocations increase next year as school officials propose possible tuition increases.
At a joint meeting of the House and Senate higher education committees Monday, legislators will recommend candidates for the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. Legislators, council members and regents said despite past controversies surrounding regent selection, lawmakers need to work with the Regent Candidate Advisory Council to prevent the election process from becoming political.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s comments on a potential tuition increase next year have prompted some administrators to criticize the school’s approach at the State Capitol.
University of Minnesota representatives testified in front of the state’s House Capital Investment Division for the first time this week as officials weigh the likelihood of a bonding bill this session.