Clusters of University of Minnesota students lined the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday before setting out to advocate for student issues with state lawmakers.
University of Minnesota students could benefit from loan financing and seek better loan advising if legislative efforts pass this session.
Minnesota's mental health crisis extends all the way to children, but University of Minnesota pediatric residents could alleviate the need for more mental health professionals, officials say.
Budget framework and targets were released Monday by House DFL lawmakers, which includes around $305 million for in higher education funding for the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State system and the state grant program, among other stakeholders.
The newly tweaked budget – a total of $131 million less than the initial proposal–comes after the state's projected surplus shrunk by nearly $500 million last month. But updates also include $37 million in increased spending for certain areas, primarily higher education. The University’s proposed allocation went up $11.9 million under the new budget.
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.