Why Minnesota education is becoming a buyer’s market

These schools are looking better and better (dcJohn via Flickr)

The Rochester Post-Bulletin writes why MnSCU’s recent tuition freeze gives its community colleges a competitive boost:

You don’t have to be an accounting major to realize that spending two years at a community college can save you tens of thousands of dollars. By capping tuition now, Minnesota will widen the price disparity between state and private schools — unless, of course, the private schools opt to follow a similar course.

They’d be wise to do so because we believe there’s much more at play here than a temporary tuition freeze and a short-term demographic shift. Indeed, we’re convinced that we’ve reached a tipping point regarding how students and families view higher education, and there will be no going back.

You can read the full opinion piece here.