House plan calls for tuition maximums

Just a note on something that wasn’t on the House higher-ed budget breakdown released last week:

The budget contains a MnSCU tuition cap of 2 percent per year for two-year colleges and 4 percent per year at four-year universities.

It calculates the cap differently for the University of Minnesota, stating:

“… Increases in tuition revenue attributable to students enrolled in the University of Minnesota must not increase by more than $76,290,000.”

I’m trying to work out what that would mean in terms of a percentage cap.

In any case, the MnSCU caps seem in line with, if not lower than, the 3-5 percent cap that MnSCU student leaders have been asking for in the past few weeks.

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(Thanks to the association for pointing this out.)

You can read the original document here. The tuition caps start on lines 6.34 and 9.17.

  • Anonymous

    I get 11%. Does this include the automatic increase of about 7% resulting from the loss of fed stimulus funds last year?

    If it doesn’t then the real cost to students may be 18% or what? Lots of unhappy campers if this happens. It is critical that this information be obtained and posted for wide discussion. What are the financial implications and do the citizens of the state really want to go this way?

    The University needs to spell out explicitly what the tuition will be next year under the current House/Senate spending scenario because they are close enough to make a good estimate of what might happen to higher ed.

    And of course there is the little constitutional problem here…

    • Anonymous

      The MSCSA folks said they need to add another 2 percent to any number because of the stimulus funds, making it 4 percent for the two-year colleges. But yes, all of those factors will need to be calculated soon.